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Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Damon Smith: Duals

Read "Duals" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Jeopardy answer is “three to the power of 2." If you buzzed in fast enough with “what is the album Duals“? You would be correct. The three musicians, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Damon Smith, and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis recorded these 33 duos in Boston between the fall of 2021 and the summer of 2022. While we promised there would be no math, the equation 'three to the power of 2' actually equals three separate discs each with duo combinations ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project

Read "The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Thelonious Monk is quoted as saying, “the piano ain't got no wrong notes." He most certainly said this in response to the criticism of his approach to both composing and performance. In what sounds blasphemous today, critics and other musicians in the early days of bebop flat out said he couldn't play. Perhaps the lesson here is that nonpareil outliers who maintain the conviction of their methods ultimately prevail. That most certainly is the driving force behind pianist Pandelis Karayorgis' ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ateniese di nascita, ma ormai residente a Boston dal 1985, il pianista Pandelis Karayorgis riunisce in questo album i due piano trio—rispettivamente Cliff e Pools—con i quali aveva registrato per la Driff Records altrettanti lavori negli anni precedenti, dando vita a una formazione atipica: un quintetto con due contrabbassi e due batterie, formalmente un doppio trio che condivide il pianoforte. A fronte dell'organico e dei lunghi studi dedicati dal pianista a Thelonious Monk e Lennie Tristano, non stupisce ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Visit any dog park and you'll notice canines need no instruction on how to play together. Chasing the ball, chasing each other, or investigating a pond is quite instinctive for our furry friends. Apologies for equating the master musicians heard on CliffPools with a pack of dogs, but a ferocious struggle for dominance this is not. Boston-based pianist Pandelis Karayorgis had the idea to merge two of his piano/bass/drums trios into one coterie of kindred spirits. His trio work with ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet: Afterimage

Read "Afterimage" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Boston, MA area pianist, composer Pandelis Karayorgis brandishes his magic at a Chicago venue with some of the Windy City's finest improvisers. He shifts many concepts with odd-metered progressions while straddling the avant-garde spectrum amid a manifesto based on cohesive discourses, where the hornists may purposely lag behind the beat or bust out into commodious movements. Karayorgis is a perceptive composer, whether he ingrains a smoky blues motif with sinuous phrasings or positions the band into a manifold gait where ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet: Circuitous

Read "Circuitous" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il pianista Pandelis Karayorgis riunisce in questo robusto quintetto alcuni campioni del jazz chicagoano: il sassofonista Dave Rempis, cresciuto ala corte di Ken Vandermark e apprezzato leader di una interessante formazione come The Percussion Quartet, il sassofonista e clarinettista Keefe Jackson e il batterista Frank Rosaly, esponenti della nuova guardia ruotante attorno al gruppo Fast Citizens, il contrabbassista Nate McBride, componente da lungo tempo del trio di Karayorgis e compagno di tanti improvvisatori di vaglia come Mat Maneri, Joe McPhee, ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: Cocoon

Read "Cocoon" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Può un classico piano-trio--nel quale viene rispettata la canonica suddivisione dei ruoli (il contrabbasso fa il contrabbasso, la batteria suona come una batteria), dove trova posto l'usuale successione di assoli e l'altrettanto usuale alternanza tra brani lenti e brani veloci, dove le composizioni sono basate quasi interamente sul blues, il più classico dei generi musicali americani--sembrare tutto meno che un classico piano-trio? La domanda suona pleonastica se protagonista è il Pandelis Karayorgis Trio. Il leader--origine ateniese, residenza ...


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