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George Colligan: Runaway

As he has demonstrated repeatedly in bands led by people like Buster Williams and Ravi Coltrane, George Colligan has the chops and versatility to be a very solid sideman. But taking full responsibility for a project as a leader is a different assignment. Runaway is an undistinguished miscellany.

Colligan composed all 11 pieces here. They are competent, not especially memorable, and mostly quickly categorizable. “Ghostland,” a nice acoustic number with thunderous chords and clanging tremolos, is Colligan in his Tyner bag. “The Righteous” is one of several attempts at pop/fusion, with Colligan on synth and Fender Rhodes. It sounds so generic it could be an advertising jingle.

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