George Colligan: End of a Dynasty
End of a Dynasty
George Colligan (piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers)
Runaway (Sunnyside SSC-1197)
George Colligan (piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers),
Tom Guarana (guitars), Josh Gisburg (acoustic & electric basses), E.J. Strickland (drums).
Composed by George Colligan.
Recorded: Warren, NJ, November 27, 2007
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
George Colligan is a pianist who seems to stand out from the plethora of other fine players currently active on the scene. Colligan's work first grabbed my attention on the notable Jamie Baum release Solace. His creative phrasing simply demanded to be listened to. Here on his own album he has created a grouping of self-penned offerings that run the gamut of styles. "End of a Dynasty" is a suitable homage to an obvious influence, McCoy Tyner. The cascading keyboard work that is Tyner's signature is abundant on this piece, as is the staccato melody line. Colligan deftly builds tension and demonstrates his fine phrasing, which dances around while Ginsburg and Strickland keep the driving time. While inspired by Tyner, this is not imitative; rather, while exploring a style, Colligan adds his own fertile improvisational magic. He is a pianist to be watched.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello