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George Colligan: Unresolved

Unresolved features Colligan in a quintet setting with the darting saxophones of Mark Turner and Jon Gordon, and the crisp drumming of Howard Curtis; here, the bass chair is filled by the capable Drew Gress. Leaning into 10 bracing Colligan originals, the band again proves its avant, neomainstream mettle. For the latter, the no-nonsense, straightahead “Train to St. Gallen” streaks down 4/4 rails with dispatch. As to the former, the aptly titled “Nebulosity” spins like a manic top let loose by the muses who inspired Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor; still, even without predetermined chord changes, the quintet is so perfectly in sync that architectural tracings start to appear over Curtis’ and Gress’ churning pulse.

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