Pianist George Colligan (New York/ Canadian-based) CD Come Together, is a lively modern trio exploration of ten selections; eight originals by Colligan and two arrangements; "Come Together" and "The Shadow of Your Smile," that is full of moving musical chemistry.
Opening with the title song, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Donald Edwards provide a straight eight funk undercurrent for Colligan’s colorful voicings and melodic fragments to glide over. Colligan does a great job of harmonizing the melody with dense colorful voicings. Colligan’s solo is energetic and building; using motivic development and nice voicings through-out. Kozlov’s fretless electric bass work is very interactive with Colligan’s statements. The two originally met on a gig with the Mingus Big Band in the early part of this decade and have obviously developed a strong chemistry ever since.
"Venom," one of eight Colligan originals has an energetic descending melodic figure with hits that develops through-out this creatively crafted melody and continues into the solos. Colligan’s approach is reminiscent of a cross between Kenny Kirkland and Joey Calderazzo, but he certainly has his own vocabulary and touch. Again, the interaction between the three players is outstanding, check out the new tempo for the last statement of the melody.
"Reaction" finds the trio exploring the possibilities of complex time signatures. Colligan’s lines course through the changing accents and harmony, while Edwards is both supportive and interactive with his drumming input. Kozlov acoustic bass playing is very enjoyable too, spinning a fine solo that displays he is equally at home on both the eclectic and acoustic bass.
Come Together is a superior trio outing full of great chemistry; the chemistry between the three is the corner stone of this CD. The three are always listening to each other and answering only when needed, creating an enjoyable feel that is an easy listen full of musical surprises.