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George Colligan: More Powerful

Read "More Powerful" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pianist George Colligan's twenty eighth album as leader sees him joined by long-time colleague Rudy Royston on drums, bassist Linda May Han Oh and newcomer Nicole Glover, Colligan's former student at Portland, on reeds. Colligan has a long career in jazz and, in addition to teaching at Portland State University where he's the Jazz Area Coordinator, he has collaborated with the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, Don Byron and Cassandra Wilson. This set of sprightly numbers all ...

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George Colligan: The Endless Mysteries

Read "George Colligan: The Endless Mysteries" reviewed by John Kelman

While music fans often think of the artists they love as gifted people whose lives are consumed by the pursuit of their art, all-too-often they ignore equally important, if seemingly more mundane, needs: making a living, perhaps having a family...things to which most people aspire. With music sales on the decline, most musicians pay the rent by touring and, in some cases, teaching, but for those who've failed to achieve greater recognition, that needn't imply they're anything less than top-tier. ...

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George Colligan: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist/composer/educator George Colligan decided to record Come Together after a successful ten-day tour of Japan in October 2008. Receiving an invitation for 2009, the hope was to return with a document of the trio's music. With much in-demand bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Donald Edwards, Colligan presents slices of funk, blues, bebop, fusion and light classical-tinged ballads, all neatly packaged and coming together superbly. Except for the opening title piece and oft-recorded standard, “The Shadow of Your Smile," the remaining ...

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George Colligan: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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 ...

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George Colligan: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist George Colligan has been prolific since his 1996 debut, Activism (Steeplechase Records), releasing nineteen CDs as a leader. He keeps it fresh with Come Together, a very energetic and modern-sounding piano trio affair.The set opens with the title tune, written before Colligan was born (just barely, in 1969). Penned by John Lennon--the lesser jazz-covered songsmith of the Lennon/McCartney team--Colligan and his trio-mates put some powerful and percussive funk into the tune, using hard edges and ...

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George Colligan: Runaway

Read "Runaway" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

To borrow a phrase, the cat is out of the bag. George Colligan has been said to be one of the best kept secrets in jazz. With Runaway, his cover is blown.Colligan has been a sideman for such artists as Cassandra Wilson, the Mingus Big Band and Christian McBride. He studied a variety of instruments before settling on keyboards. A product of the fusion era, he also embraces mainstream influences. He's also had associations with Ravi Coltrane, Vanessa ...

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George Colligan: Runaway

Read "Runaway" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

A George Colligan record is an audio guarantee of superior musicianship and his extensive resume proves why: he plays several instruments, has collaborated with an impressive roster of luminaries and dons different hats, not only that of a musician, but that of a bandleader and instructor at Juilliard.

Runaway, his second Sunnyside release, is a pleasant record that suggests evenings of dark wine and pixie dust. “The Righteous” is a well-rounded piece that boasts exquisite playing ...


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