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Richard Pellegrin: Down

Read "Down" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In an All About Jazz review of pianist/bandleader Rich Pellegrin's Episodes IV-V (OA2 Records, 2015), the author states that Pellegrin's style lies “somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between jazz and 21st century classical music." That also holds true with Down, the third quintet offering from the Assistant Professor at Florida State University. And if the music leans in the direction of jazz, it's of the accessible avant-garde variety. Down features seven tracks from Pellegrin's ...

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Rich Pellegrin Quintet: Episodes IV-VI

Read "Episodes IV-VI" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Rich Pellegrin offered up his first installment of Three Part Odyssey (OA2 Records) in 2011. It's a musical journey inspired by travels through Europe and North Africa. Employing a superb quintet, three “Episodes" blossomed from a first rate collective approach. Pellegrin and his group follow this up with Episodes IV-VI, featuring a slightly more reflective mode, added to the same originality, top level musicianship and crafty, compelling compositions. The music--all by from Pellegrin's pen--eschews, for the most ...

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Rich Pellegrin Quintet: Three-Part Odyssey

Read "Three-Part Odyssey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What a strange, compelling, often circuitous trip Three-Part Odyssey is. Pianist/composer/bandleader Rich Pellegrin has collected a youthful quintet of Seattle's boldest and most energetic musicians for his debut CD--73 minutes of audacious grooves inside a set of freewheeling compositions that showcase each band member's individual virtuosic prowess without abandoning the collective mood.Along with the leader, three of the quintet's members contribute to the songwriting, starting off with trumpeter R. Scott Morning's labyrinthine “Part 1: Nothing Comes To Mind," ...


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