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The Endless Mysteries

George Colligan

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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.


Born: December 29, 1969 in Summit, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Nov 19, 2013

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