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Some of Chicago's top improvisers in a set of new compositions by pianist Karayorgis, featuring reed players Rempis and Jackson in various powerful sax and clarinet combinations.

Karayorgis, Pandelis Quintet

Karayorgis, Pandelis Quintet: Circuitous (Driff Records)
Label: Driff Records    
Released in: USA    

"The title Circuitous goes to the heart of Pandelis Karayorgis's creative process, the cycling back, the moving forward, the presence of patterns and the embrace of their opposite, the sense of the road less taken. You feel the pressure of origins, but also a sudden spinning outward, a looping toward new meanings. Karayorgis is a radical conservative, radical in the sense that he has looked with a special intensity at the roots of the music that he plays, conservative in that he maintains a relationship to what is most vital in the tradition. His music seems to proceed from a fundamental question, "How does one make meaningful work?"

Listening to Karayorgis's music, we hear a fundamental rethinking of modern jazz-bop--and its original impact. We're conditioned to listen to a conventional jazz performance through its mechanics, as a theme and set of variations, the theme often there only as something to be varied, the emphasis clearly on the soloist, that function enshrined in the chain that regularly concludes with a drum solo, the ultimate erasure of harmonic and melodic. But the great jazz composers and many of the great jazz bands clearly approached a work as something else, a gestalt, a work of interlocking parts, some fixed, some variable, some radically extensible, all liable to form new relationships and meanings. The work's total form had primacy over individual solos.

Listen to Thelonious Monk's early recordings and they were already great before he had great soloists and before the musicians had time to stretch out. Working with the limited palette of a small group and theme-and-variation patterns, Monk's music represented-even created-complex psychological states which have resonated ever since. The same is true of others in Monk's circle-Bud Powell, Elmo Hope, Herbie Nichols-and some outside, like Lennie Tristano and Hassan ibn Ali.

Pandelis Karayorgis develops the same thing here: in a brilliant revisioning of the modern jazz tradition, he constructs complex fields in which a listener is engaged in the play of puzzle, form and dialogue, and Karayorgis does it with an intensity and urgency that insist this is meaningful-even crucial--activity. [...]"-Stuart Broomer, from the liner notes

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Product Information:

UPC: 616892136545

Label: Driff Records
Catalog ID: 1304
Squidco Product Code: 17833

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover, unsealed
Recorded at Chicago Public Media's Jim & Kay Performance Studio by Mary Gaffney on January 16th, 2012.


Dave Rempis-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Keefe Jackson-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Pandelis Karayorgis-piano

Nate McBride-bass

Frank Rosaly-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Undertow 6:04

2. Nudge 6:30

3. Swarm 9:37

4. Circuitous 5:30

5. Vortex 8:52

6. Evenfall 4:36

7. Blue Line 9:15

8. Here in July 5:18

9. Souvenir 5:26