All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

151

George Colligan: Come Together

Raul d'Gama Rose By

Sign in to view read count
Mathematically, it would be well nigh impossible to count the multitude of sensory organs and multiplicity of fingers (and thumbs) at work in pianist George Colligan on Come Together. Sometimes they work in unison, while at other times quite independent of each other, to produce daring polytonality. In a voice as charismatic as an evangelist at a convention, Colligan often sounds blasé and forthright; but there are times, when the music calls for it; that he turns so soft and hermetically reticent as to seem almost withdrawn. But he is merely interpreting the music as it should be—with precision, elasticity and evolving sentiment.

The modal aspects of this music are strong and Colligan plays it all with a steely muscularity. More often he adds dazzling lines of invention, as on "Come Together," where he extrapolates on the melody, organically extending the harmonics. These improvisations come in thick foamy waves, tossed out from the internal melody and, because Colligan is quick-witted, there may often be many ideas simultaneously. Happily, however, they flow one into the other, and always have a beginning, middle and end. The pianist's ensemble playing, leading up to his solo in "Have No Fear" and up to when the mighty bassist, Boris Kozlov takes over, is a case in point.

Stylistically a chameleon, Colligan bends like a reed in the wind, giving way to the myriad harmonic ideas of musical coloration from Kozlov and melodist, rhythmist and drummer, Donald Edwards. The dramatic irony of "So Sad I Had to Laugh" is developed with gentle sentimentality, from wit to tears, with beautiful simplicity. The whole trio is aglow here, with Edwards' tremulous brush work sounding like a shiver running down the spine as the story unfolds. And Kozlov—right down to his mournful arco passage at the end—shows why he is so highly rated and holds down the bass chair in the Mingus Big Band His arco solo on "To The Wall" is pure genius.

Colligan's inflections, as he traipses across the rhythmic melody of "Reaction," and his percussive angularity on tracks including "Have No Fear" and "Uncharted Territory," are a strong testament to kinsmanship with the musical politic of pianists like Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols and Don Pullen. On "The Shadow of Your Smile," Colligan states the melody—only just—and then flies in the face of convention as he deconstructs the Mandel/Webster standard. Then, as Colligan surfaces for air, Kozlov takes flight and Edwards marks time before he makes a short rhythmic odyssey.

In trio settings, the individual virtuosic brilliance of the musicians involved is too close for comfort as they constantly play off each other. There is also a heightened sense of empathy that keeps the body and soul of the trio together. There is plenty of it in Keith Jarrett's outstanding trio, and in George Colligan's fine trio as well.

Track Listing: Come Together; Venom; Have No Fear; So Sad I Had to Laugh; Reaction; The Shadow of Your Smile; Lift; Open Your Heart; To The Wall; Uncharted Territory.

Personnel: George Colligan: piano; Boris Kozlov: bass; Donald Edwards: drums.

Title: Come Together | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

If the Mountain Was Smooth, You Couldn't Climb It

If the Mountain Was Smooth, You Couldn't Climb It

George Colligan
The Endless Mysteries

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
More Powerful

More Powerful

Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
2017

buy
George Colligan: The Endless Mysteries

George Colligan: The...

Origin Records
2014

buy
The Endless Mysteries

The Endless Mysteries

Origin Records
2014

buy
 

Isolation

SteepleChase Records
2011

buy
Living for the City

Living for the City

SteepleChase Records
2011

buy
Isolation

Isolation

SteepleChase Records
2010

buy

Related Articles

Read Uplift The People CD/LP/Track Review
Uplift The People
by John Sharpe
Published: August 21, 2018
Read A New Shade Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review
A New Shade Of Blue
by Chris May
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Rabbits on the Run CD/LP/Track Review
Rabbits on the Run
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Imaginary Numbers CD/LP/Track Review
Imaginary Numbers
by John Sharpe
Published: August 21, 2018
Read Point Blank CD/LP/Track Review
Point Blank
by Chris May
Published: August 20, 2018
Read Tell Me The Truth CD/LP/Track Review
Tell Me The Truth
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 20, 2018
Read "Lala Belu" CD/LP/Track Review Lala Belu
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 27, 2018
Read "Tandem" CD/LP/Track Review Tandem
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 26, 2018
Read "Legrand Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Legrand Jazz
by Patrick Burnette
Published: August 7, 2018
Read "Happy Song" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Song
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 5, 2017
Read "Der Verboten" CD/LP/Track Review Der Verboten
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 7, 2017
Read "Half Light" CD/LP/Track Review Half Light
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 24, 2018