George Colligan [piano], TBA [bass], E. J. Strickland [drums]
George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist( drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher, and bandleader. Winner of the 2015 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and many others. His latest album, “More Powerful”(Whirlwind Records) is his 28th as a bandleader. Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now resides in Portland, Oregon where he is an Associate Professor at Portland State University.
“Captivating and unpredictable.”
★★★★ The Guardian
“More Powerful showcases Colligan’s colourful use of a jazz vocabulary in the modernist tradition… It’s far more than a blowing session.”
“This set of sprightly numbers all penned by Colligan, don’t hold back at any time… The sheer vitality of his playing is truly remarkable, his tunes uniformly memorable and vibrant.”
★★★★ All About Jazz
“Boundless creativity without ever forgetting the importance of a beautiful melody.”
“More Powerful” may be one of the hardest-hitting contemporary jazz records you’ll hear this year.”
“Swinging with pinpoint accuracy and real force, the perfect foundation for Colligan’s fast, boppish melodies and high-energy extrapolations.”
“A thoughtfully programmed, impressively accomplished affair that should win Colligan plenty of new admirers.”
“This is powerful, accessible, exciting contemporary jazz by a crack team of high-level operatives, treading a fine line between maintaining the tradition and pushing at the frontiers.”
“Colligan’s writing continues to showcase a talent for clen, clear melodies that stay with the listener long after the album is finished.”
An impressive offering from Colligan. The standard of the musicianship is excellent throughout, sometimes dazzlingly so, these musicians have ‘chops’ in spades.
★★★★ The Jazz Mann