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George Colligan’s Mad Science: Realization

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George Colligan seems to have all the ingredients for a funky good time on his Mad Science trio’s new disc Realization: his trusty Hammond B3 organ, augmented by various synths and samples; guitarist Tom Guarna and drummer Rodney Holmes, both veterans of combining funk and jazz; nine Colligan originals written for the trio; and a band name that indicates that he’s up to something wacky. The problem lies in those nine originals-most of them don’t have melodies memorable enough to make a listener want to follow them as they are transformed through the standard head-solos-head format.

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