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Vandermark cohort and Pandelis Karayorgis with Nate McBride and Curt Newmon (aka MI3) is a mix of original compositions and pieces by Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, Monk, Wayne Shorter, &c.

Karayorgis / McBride / Newton

Karayorgis / McBride / Newton: Betwixt (Hatology)
Label: Hatology    
Released in: Switzerland    

"Over the course of nearly 20 years and approximately that many recordings, Karayorgis has established himself as one of the singular, and significant, pianists of his generation. One of his trademarks has been to examine and illuminate the irregular edges of the jazz piano repertoire, as he does here ... along with original pieces that venture into peripheral terrain. But there's an unexpected ingredient in the mix of Betwixt - his choice of instrument."-Art Lange, from the liner notes

"Tutored early on by Paul Bley, and with Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano his most pronounced formative influences, Pandelis Karayorgis isn't the most likely pianist to become a late-adopter of the Fender Rhodes. But after some twenty years recording with an acoustic instrument, on Betwixt Karayorgis exclusively plays the electric Fender Rhodes.

Or perhaps that should be "rebirths" the Rhodes. Karayorgis comprehensively wrenches the instrument from its 1970s fusion legacy and offers it up to post-modern jazz and free improv-augmenting its palette with a Mutron (a synthesizer-like sound filter once endorsed by Stevie Wonder), a distortion pedal, and a ring modulator (a Karlheinz Stockhausen favorite which twists sounds signals into new and often dissonant frequencies).

It's a delicious conceit. The combination of analog-era electric keyboard-the Rhodes produces sound mechanically rather than digitally-and vintage sound-shifter effects positions Betwixt outside normal chronology. The music sounds simultaneously futuristic and from another, earlier space-rather like boogie woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis' use of a celeste on a 1941 session with clarinetist Edmond Hall, available on the Charlie Christian box set The Original Guitar Genius (Proper Records, 2005), or Fats Waller's use of a church organ.

It also sounds carnivalesque, primitive, unhinged and subject to random diversions-there are times when you wonder whether Karayorgis is leading his instrument or himself being led by its deus ex machina sonics-qualities which lend themselves brilliantly to four lesser-known Monk covers. "Green Chimneys" and "Brake's Sake" are given brisk, hard swinging workouts, Karayorgis sounding at times like a mutated soul-jazz organist, at others like guitarist Jimi Hendrix. "Light Blue," like Duke Ellington's gorgeous "Heaven," is more delicate. "Humph" is more rhythmically free.

Appropriately, Karayorgis also tips his hat to seminal time-traveler Sun Ra, whose "Saturn" is given a nine-minute exposition which cleverly reverses the blueprint revealed on Jazz In Silhouette (Evidence, 1958). Ra's tricky intro is re-centered on a solid, beat-centric bass ostinato, and his delightfully retro, swing-era main theme acknowledged, taken apart and finally reassembled.

Betwixt could easily have been a freak show-and there's no denying its novelty appeal-but it's much more than that. Karayorgis' new sonic and textural peregrinations are as substantial as his acoustic piano playing, and he's robustly supported by bassist Nate McBride and drummer Curt Newton. Already compelling on this first flush, it's a direction worthy of further exploration.[...]"-Chris May, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 752156065227

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: 652
Squidco Product Code: 9924

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded December 13, 14, 2006 by Andy Hong at Kimchee Records, Cambridge, MA.


Pandelis Karayorgis-Fender Rhodes

Nate McBride-double bass

Curt Newton-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Green Chimneys 6:26

2. Saturn 9:00

3. Break Even 8:10

4. Heaven 3:06

5. Betwixt 4:53

6. Hypochristmutreefuzz 4:15

7. Pinocchio 4:16

8. Brakes' Sake 6:36

9. Light Blue 3:28

10. Curt's Escape 6:15

11. Off My Back Jack 5:57

12. Humph 3:22

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