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Giallorenzo, Paul Trio: Flow (Delmark)

Nine original compositions from pianist Paul Giallorenzo in his 2nd Delmark CD, reducing the band to a classic piano trio with compatriots Joshua Abrams on bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, in a passionate album that balances high energy polytonal swing to profound and lyrical ballads, with abstract blues and free-form inventiveness; excellent.

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UPC: 038153502621

Label: Delmark
Catalog ID: 5026
Squidco Product Code: 25214

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Riverside Studio, in Chicago, Illinois, on May 15th and 16th, 2017, by Steve Wagner.


Paul Giallorenzo-piano

Joshua Abrams-bass

Mikel Avery-drums

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"Orginally from Long Island NY, Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and producer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise to sound and video performance. Performing throughout the midwest, eastern US, Canada, Europe, Brazil. Has appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, WNUR Chicago Sounds Jazzfest, Glad Cloud Festival of Ambient Music at the Whistler, and a 2008 artist residency in Luzern, Switzerland.

Presenter, organizer, co-founder of the music venue/art gallery Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts and events in Chicago since 2001."

-Paul Giallorenzo Website (

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"Bassist, Composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago's vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. he co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band town & country (thrill jockey/box media) & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio sticks & stones (thrill jockety/482 music). He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (eremite/delmark/eastern developments/lucky kitchen). He has appeared on over 50 recordings including records by Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake & Bindu, Bonny "prince" Billy, Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Sam Prekop, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Ernest Dawkins Chicago 12, Savath & Savalis, Prefuse 73, Rhys Chatham, Rob Mazurek, Tortoise, the Roots, Edith Frost, Mia Doi Todd, Diverse, Joan of Arc, Lorren Mazzacane Connors, David Grubbs, David Boykin, Chris Conelly, & the Cairo Gang. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson trio, John Tchicai, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Henry Grimes, Axel Dorner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Evans, Damo Suzuki, Wilbert de Joode, Jandek, Walter Wierbos, Tony Conrad, Bobby Broom, Sean Bergin, Nate Wooley, Craig Taborn, David Stakenas, Fred Hopkins, Rhys Chatham, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Neil Michael Hagerty, Lin Halliday, Raymond Strid, Douglas Ewart, Toumani Diabate, the Chicago Underground Orchestra, Ron Dewar, Baby d, Kevin Drumm, Terry x, Frederick Lvunquist, Jim o'Rourke, Kurt Vonnegut, & Earle Brown. When in chicago he plays weekly with Jeff Parker and John Herndon."

-Nicole Mitchell Website (

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"Chicago based interdisciplinary artist Mikel Patrick Avery has been active within the Chicago art scene since moving to the area 8 years ago. Established as a jazz drummer, he is commonly recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that often involves the use of unconventional "non-musical" objects. As well as being a performing musician, Mikel is a dedicated composer, photographer, producer and educator. In recent years, Mikel has become an integral voice in varying ensembles including; Rob Mazurek's Moon Cycles, Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Theaster Gates' Black Monks of Mississippi as well as leading several of his own projects including; 1/2 Size Piano Trio, and Mikel Patrick Avery PLAY. Mikel has had the privilege to perform at some of the world’s greatest outlets including at Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Documenta 13 (in Kassel Germany), Kepler Studio (Berlin), Guelph Jazz Festival, White Cube (London), MCA Chicago and a performance for President Barack Obama."

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track listing:

1. A-Frolick-Ing 4:30

2. Rolling 7:28

3. Fractures 5:28

4. Interstice A 5:53

5. Darkness 6:42

6. Flipd Scrip 10:01

7. Over/Under 5:25

8. Lightness 5:14

9. Interstice B 6:09

10. A Way We Go 4:01
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"Contrary to its regularity and design, an ostinato can be many things. Timekeeper, anchor, buoy, reset button, all are possible functions of its application to a musical setting. Pianist Paul Giallorenzo's prowess with the placement and production of an ostinato is accorded ample presence on the aptly-title Flow, his second session for Delmark. Giallorenzo was until recently a resident of Chicago and the coordinator of Elastic, a music venue in the city's Avondale neighborhood. That post plugged him directly into a convergence of musical communities, fostering a multitude of partnerships including those with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery that form the fulcrums of this studio date.

Nine originals add up to an approximate hour of music. The inherent angularity and logic of Giallorenzo's pieces distantly echoes the work of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk without being derivative. Most start in a similar fashion with the pianist and or his partners generating a repeating figure around with the ensuing improvisational development revolves. There are exceptions like the gorgeous ballad "Darkness", where gilded incremental chords serve as connective lattice draped in brushed drum skin and the warm throb of Abrams strings in lieu of the otherwise ubiquitous ostinato. Abrams and Avery are totally dialed in to the agreed upon parameters, generating responses and provocations that carry a superficial semblance of minimalism that masks concentrated and constant participation.

Swing is also a central component to the trio's communication. "Fractures" sets up a cyclic, stair-stepping pattern forwarded on pizzicato bass and fibrillating snare drum around which the Giallorenzo peregrinates. "Rolling" generates a sound equivalent to its title with Abrams and Avery undulating to an internalized swaying meter as the pianist adds staggered embellishments to the ensemble's forward trajectory. The result is something wholly fresh and vibrant that feels indelibly tied to the lesser traveled transoms of the piano trio tradition. "Flipd Scrip" the longest excursion of the disc proves trio's central mechanisms sustainable over extended forms. Giallorenzo's earlier disc for Delmark involved the horns of Mars Williams and Jeb Bishop. The absence of frontline isn't a detriment here and in fact the focus on a familiar format made divergent and particular gives this new entry a decided edge."-Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine

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