The Endless Mysteries by George Colligan on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A one-off effort recorded in an afternoon, The Endless Mysteries features the first meeting of pianist George Colligan, bassist Larry Grenadier, and the mighty drummer Jack DeJohnette. Though this is Colligan’s 24th album, the leader has the lowest profile here—yet he’s certainly not outclassed on this set of 10 original tunes. Tearing away on “Her Majesty,” the title track, and elsewhere, Colligan puts a fresh spin on the bop lexicon much as colleagues like Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, and Bill Charlap have. He also reaches into some unusual places of his own, playing a folksy melodica on “Liam’s Lament”—which also opens with one of several excellent solos on the album from Grenadier. DeJohnette is a forceful presence throughout without chewing the scenery, even on the towering “When the Moon Is in the Sky.” While “Thoughts of Ana” is a quietly contemplative solo piece by Colligan, the three crank it up to the highest notch for the following tune, the discordant “Outrage.” This should all go a long way toward rightfully raising Colligan’s profile.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A one-off effort recorded in an afternoon, The Endless Mysteries features the first meeting of pianist George Colligan, bassist Larry Grenadier, and the mighty drummer Jack DeJohnette. Though this is Colligan’s 24th album, the leader has the lowest profile here—yet he’s certainly not outclassed on this set of 10 original tunes. Tearing away on “Her Majesty,” the title track, and elsewhere, Colligan puts a fresh spin on the bop lexicon much as colleagues like Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, and Bill Charlap have. He also reaches into some unusual places of his own, playing a folksy melodica on “Liam’s Lament”—which also opens with one of several excellent solos on the album from Grenadier. DeJohnette is a forceful presence throughout without chewing the scenery, even on the towering “When the Moon Is in the Sky.” While “Thoughts of Ana” is a quietly contemplative solo piece by Colligan, the three crank it up to the highest notch for the following tune, the discordant “Outrage.” This should all go a long way toward rightfully raising Colligan’s profile.

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9:08
7:32
3:14
3:34
7:57
6:28
8:38

About George Colligan

George Colligan is an advanced jazz pianist and composer who has done high-ranking work as a sideman and a leader. His most high-profile association, with vocalist Cassandra Wilson, began in 2000 and continues at the time of this writing. He has also played with Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks, David Gilmore, Myron Walden, Steve Wilson, and many other stellar musicians, young and old. His own bands have boasted talents as formidable as Mark Turner and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Born in New Jersey and raised mostly in Maryland, Colligan began his musical life on the trumpet, an instrument on which he still occasionally performs and records. (Colligan is also a viable jazz drummer.) He attended the Peabody Conservatory as a classical trumpet major but became increasingly drawn to jazz piano. In 1990 he attended the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Canada. After several years as a freelancer in the Maryland area, Colligan relocated to New York, where his success has continued to mount. Colligan released his first two albums, 1996's Activism and 1997's Newcomer, on the Steeplechase label. Switching to the Fresh Sound New Talent label, he followed up in 1999 with Unresolved and in 2000 with Desire. Agent 99 appeared in summer 2001. ~ David R. Adler

  • ORIGIN
    Summit, NJ
  • BORN
    Dec 29, 1969

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