September 23, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]
Friday & Saturday September 23 and 24th at Sweet Rhythm George Colligan Quartet with Special Guest Mark Turner Boris Kazlov on Bass Johnathan Blake on Drums
George's 2 new CDs,Past Present Future (Criss Cross) and Realization (Sirocco) will be available for purchase. Sweet Rhythm is 88 Seventh Avenue South 212 255 3626 Shows are 8, 10, and 12
Pianist,organist,and composer George Colligan has appeared on more than 80 CDs, including 15 as a leader. As a sideman, he has performed and/or recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Gary Bartz, DOn Byron, Ravi Coltrane,Buster Williams, Lonnie Plaxico, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris,Lenny White,Lee Konitz,Richard Bona,Ralph Peterson,Steve Wilson,Vanessa Rubin,Sheila Jordan,Steve Coleman,Janis Siegal ,Jamie Baum, and others.
But Colligan is an equally deserving torch-carrier of the piano trio tradition. His latest release, the aptly named Past-Present-Future, clearly looks in all directions. And, while Colligan is a less overtly cerebral player than Mehldau, he has a similarly rich sense of harmonic depth that also places him in the company of British pianist John Taylor—someone who, after decades of working in relative obscurity, is finally being seen as an artist of significance. There is little doubt that Colligan will ultimately be held in the same high regard, and albums like Past-Present-Future clearly move him towards that day." -John Kelman, All ABout Jazz
All in all, though, another fine record by George Colligan, member of an elite class of pianist-composers who are pushing mainstream jazz into the 21st century. Colligan seems to have trouble cutting a bad record." Gerard Cox-All About Jazz
Since emerging on the scene a scant ten years ago, pianist George Colligan has built the kind of body of work that some artists don't manage in twice or thrice the time. Appearing on over seventy recordings, including over a dozen as a leader, Colligan has proven that one doesn’t have to be stylistically myopic to remain focused. Instead, he seems to have an all-encompassing musical appetite. And yet, unlike some who attempt a variety of musical styles and ultimately end up sounding like dabblers rather than serious contenders, Colligan seems to get" everything he tackles." -John Kelman,All About Jazz