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Richard Pellegrin

Rich Pellegrin began playing piano at the age of five, but spent his teenage years preoccupied with drums and percussion. He pursued a diversity of musical endeavors before discovering the beautiful creative process of jazz and improvised music. Rich's playing is noted for its intensity, conviction, directness of expression, and percussive yet sonorous tone quality. His debut record, Three-Part Odyssey, was released on Origin’s OA2 label in February of 2011, and features some of the most exciting and forward-looking musicians of Seattle’s younger generation. All About Jazz critic Dan McClenaghan praised its sound as being “remarkably original,” and commented: “Pellegrin seems to have multiple influences, displaying at times the density and drive and penchant for repetition of pianist McCoy Tyner, elsewhere sounding free and unpredictable, like no one but himself on this superb debut.”

Down

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Trial; Birthright; Down; Acceptance; Exile; Down (Introduction); Down (featuring the Mizzou New Music Ensemble).

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Trial

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 8:25

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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.

Episodes IV-VI

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Episode IV: Intention; Affirmation. Episode V: Hyms; Vigil. Episode VI: Epilogue.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Three-Part Odyssey

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Part 1: Nothing Comes To Mind; Distant, Distorted, You; Obtusity. Part 2: Breathe; Pastiche; Piano Phase. Part 3: Marruecos; Maze.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

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Nothing Comes to Mind

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2011
Duration: 12:05


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