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George Colligan

George Colligan, an award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), draws fans with his zesty sideman work with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (with over 70 sideman credits). He is also prolific as a leader with 16 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Criss Cross label is entitled Past Present Future. He also has a new CD entitled Realization ( Sirocco) featuring his organ trio called Mad Science. George Colligan has toured, recorded , and/or performed as a sideman with Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Richard Bona,a Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak and Stefon Harris, among others.

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Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

Read "Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...

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Mike Lee has a Song for All of Us

Read "Mike Lee has a Song for All of Us" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Mike Lee's compositions draw from an eclectic mixture of inspirations and yet are still rooted in the Jazz tradition. This can easily be felt on his latest album, Song for All of Us. The album features Mike Lee on tenor saxophone; Lenny White on drums; Ed Howard on bass; George Colligan on piano; Dave Stryker on ...

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Kerry Politzer, Ella Fitzgerald and More

Read "Kerry Politzer, Ella Fitzgerald and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we channel the energy of today's British jazz scene with saxophonist Karen Sharp with music off her latest album The Sun, The Moon and You. From there, we take a look into a recent visit to Kansas City by the Portland-based pianist Kerry Politzer. We then feature Kerry's husband, George Colligan and get some ...

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Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis and More

Read "Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We start this week's episode with one of the finest voices on the vibes who made his way through Kansas City in early December, Joe Locke, with a cut off his new CD Subtle Disguise. From there, we dive headlong into the music of a legend on the drums in Billy Cobham, who was the subject ...

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Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter exhibits his innovative spirit and his brilliant musicianship on his self-titled debut as a leader. Working with a rotating cast of Portland (Oregon) area musicians, Porter performs ten of his originals and one cover with a refreshingly unique style and captivating spontaneity. Similar in concept to tenor saxophonist Benny ...

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Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion. The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

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Buster Williams: Audacity

Read "Audacity" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

On Audacity, his first disc as the man-in-charge since 2004's restorative Griot Liberte, venerable bassist and jazz gentlemen Buster Williams delivers a stellar set of six potent, highly charged originals mixed generously with originals from long-time band members saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Lenny White and pianist George Colligan. Generous is the key word here. ...

More Powerful

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Whiffle Ball; Waterfall Dreams; Effortless; Today Again; More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine; Retrograde Pluto; Southwestern Silence; Empty; The Nash.


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