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Pandelis Karayorgis

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Born in Athens, Greece in 1962. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1985, performed in small jazz groups while pursuing a degree in Economics. Earned BM and MM degrees in music from Boston's New England Conservatory while studying with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Dave Holland and Joe Maneri (composition) among others. Studied and performed extensively the music of Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano and in 1991 compiled a collection of all of Monk's compositions. In the last twenty years mostly led or co-led groups whose recordings have often been voted into reviewers' top-10 lists in magazines such as Coda, Cadence, Jazz Times and Jazziz

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry

Read "Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Reed players have taken over the house this week. The eminent clarinetist Louis Sclavis stars in an excellent quartet using music, text and spoken word to create a moody sonic landscape out of short stories, poems and aphorisms by French and African authors. Other European saxophonists heard are Luxembourg's Roby Glod in a familiar setting with ...

Album

Duals

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Caltrop; Parsnip; Protocol; Photo Op; Blecher; Uni Device; Wageningen; Pestalozzi; School Device; CD2: Pennant; Ravine; Whistles; Lifgatowy; Procession; Entanglement; Extruded; Undertow; Mr Cook; Weft; Something Stirring Underfoot; Hommage; CD3: Scry; Slack Tide; Roil JB; Ledger; Never Ending; Redarrow; Razorlip; Summer; Ledge; Three; Ice; Roil PK.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zorn's Bagatelles to Garner's Mambo

Read "Zorn's Bagatelles to Garner's Mambo" reviewed by David Brown


This week, John Zorn's Bagatelles featuring Brian Marsalla, Kris Davis and John Medeski: new works by Jason Moran, Kenny Barron and Pandelis Karayorgis; Woody Herman sings with Erroll Garner; If I were a bell with Red Garland, Jo Lawry and Duke Ellington, and much more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the ...

Album

The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Chips; Work; Atlantic Ones; Off Minor; Abdullah; Evidence; El Hasaan; Criss Cross; Stars Over Marrakesh; Epitome; Trinkle Tinkle; Viceroy; Think of One.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ullman/Swell Quartet, The Attic Frank Carlberg & Josh Sinton

Read "Ullman/Swell Quartet, The Attic Frank Carlberg & Josh Sinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Improvisers abound in this episode. Portugal's Rodrigo Amado & The Attic, Bernardo Tinoco & Tom Maciel, Joao Lencastre's quartet, and Pedro Alves Sousa and friends lead the way, while the Chilean band Nichunimu makes its debut with a startling use of electronics. Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's back with a new release by his Predicate Quartet, more ...

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Michael Sarian, Matias Formica, Pandelis Karayorgis & Bill Cole

Read "Michael Sarian, Matias Formica, Pandelis Karayorgis & Bill Cole" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


All hail the pure improvisers! This episode of OMJ features several great ones all at the top of their game: trumpeter Michael Sarian, Argentinean saxophonist Matias Formica, Matt Mitchell & Tim Berne, Kaja Draksler & Susana Santos Silva, Zoh Amba with a powerhouse group of friends, Boston pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, Chicago's Rooms Trio, Southeast Asia's River ...

Album

CliffPools

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Weft; Blue Shadow; Plateau; Scale the Firmament; Cocoon; Undertow; Warp; Formed Shed; Catapult; Self-Headed.


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