>the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio
Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Nate McBride and drummer Randy
Peterson formed the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio from 1997 to 2005. Together they recorded three CDs: Heart & Sack (Leo Lab ) in 1998, Blood Ballad (Leo Records) in 2001 and Carameluia (Ayler Records) in 2005.
More recently the trio has worked and recorded with bassist Jef Charland and drummer Luther Gray. Their CD "Cocoon" will be released later this spring (2013) from Driff Records.
The Boston-based pianist-composer helms one of the best progressive piano trios anywhere. His cerebral, kinetic, witty, and propulsive playing and writing build on the foundation of greats such as Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.
Pandelis Karayorgis Trio on CD:
" ... just about perfect ... deathlessly hip"
get straight to the point: this is an impressive record. Enjoyable and
satisfying too. Karayorgis' chops are undoubtedly robust, as he proves
up front with the vaguely Cecil Taylorish "Cracks", but what
holds the attention overall is the air of deep thoughtfulness. ... Karayorgis
demonstrates the ability, like Monk and Taylor (and Ellington), to exploit
the percussive potential of the piano whilst honouring the richness of
its resonance and the range of its colours. Coltrane's "One Up",
the only track not composed by Karayorgis, gets a fiercely physical workout,
then ends this superb album by simply and surprisingly evaporating."
Karayorgis is a stealthy pianist. ...If you thought the jazz piano trio
format had atrophied long ago, think again."
is an obscenely talented bassist, whose chops are matched well by his
earthiness and invention."
Peterson, one of the great jazz drummers to emerge in the past couple of
Boston-based pianist Pandelis Karayorgis rarely performs
in Chicago, but perhaps that will change now that Nate McBride, his longtime
bassist, has moved here; he's in town now to record with McBride and the
superb drummer Randy Peterson. On that trio's most recent recording, Blood
Ballad (Leo), released in 2001, Karayorgis synthesizes the styles of Thelonious
Monk, Lennie Tristano, and Andrew Hill in wonderfully dense and dark improvisations,
melding carefully burnished, sorrowful melodies and mile-deep harmonic
movements. Thanks to the nimble rhythm section, songs collapse and resurrect
themselves with striking fluidity, gracefully swinging one moment and
splattering in free time the next. But the trio never loses its control
of the music.
McBride has a hefty sound and deft touch (the bassist wowed the pants
off a crowd when this trio [Joe Morris Trio] played live in Chicago last
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