Somebody find this guy a high profile gig! An unassuming, scholarly appearing pianist, George Colligan is one of the more promising, if unrecognized, young artists playing his instrument today. And he exhibits a good sense of programming, offering a menu of pieces, several of which are familiar though given fresh coats of paint, which is rewarding in its divergence and prescient in the sources Colligan selects from. Take Billy Harper’s “The Priestess” as case in point. When have you ever heard the tenorman’s stately piece done as a piano trio feature? Billy Hart’s “Duchess” is yet another wise choice, one where Colligan elicits the fire and exhibits an attractive harmonic zest for expression.
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