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Mad Science

by George Colligan

Funk Jazz with Hammond B3 Organ, Guitar and Drums, guest Tenor and Flute Gary Thomas
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Barbarians
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2. Earth Signs
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3. Out From The Underground
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4. Mad Science
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5. Seduction
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6. Thought Police
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7. Alaska Basin
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8. Modeidi's Modalities
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George Colligan and his new organ trio Mad Science (Tom Guarna, guitar, and Rodney Holmes, drums)have released a CD on the Sunny Sky label. The CD also features Tenor sax and Flute legend Gary Thomas. The CD, also called Mad Science is now being transmitted nationwide, supported by independent, public, college, internet and jazz radio stations.

According to Jason Bivens of Cadence "Colligan's playing continues to impress," and Colligan has impressed not just critics with his playing and composing, but also fans (over 18,000) who voted for him to win the online competition of Jazzconnect.com in 2001. Colligan also impressed a panel of music professionals, winning the Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Works Creation grant in 2003. Colligan (who has over 70 credits as a sideman with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, and Buster Williams) is prolific as a leader with 15 recordings, all with original compositions. Now Colligan explores a deeper groove with his new organ trio Mad Science.

The music is at once groovy and funky, mysterious and deeply romantic, full of Colligan's trademark verve on the keyboard and inventive composition. Mike Joyce, of the Washington Post writes: "[Colligan's] latest collaboration, the organ-powered Mad Science ensemble, reveals his multiple talents in a series of intriguing, groove-triggered settings." Tom Guarna (Blood Sweat & Tears, Yellow Jackets, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans) contributes compositions and mellifluous guitar work and Rodney Holmes (Zawinul Syndicate, Brecker Brother, Carlos Santana, David Gilmore, Steve Kimock) "places notes and sounds with an artist's touch." (Modern Drummer)

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Luc Pullens

very good
good original compositions, very fine playing (love to hear Rodney Holmes in jazz setting). Many details to hear so it never bores.
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George Roessler


Hello,
Yes, I really dig this CD. I've been a fan of Collingen(sp?)
for sometime now and with this guitar player and Gary Thomas, I think it's a real winner. The guitar player knocks me out. Great sound.
George
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Rob Booth

This is a gotta get album for anyone who rates Hammond Jazz.
These guys can play! I wish I was half as good as Tom Guarna. There isn't a bad track on this album, all of them are top quality compositions by George and Tom. Chick Corea or Lyle Mays would sound like this if they played a Hammond B3. Rhythically interesting but not at the expense of form. Excellent improvs. from start to finish, easily accessible. This is a great CD of great musicians and top quality production... nice one!! When you comin' to the UK?
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Rob Booth

This is a gotta get album for anyone who rates Hammond Jazz.
These guys can play! I wish I was half as good as Tom Guarna. There isn't a bad track on this album, all of them are top quality compositions by George and Tom. Chick Corea or Lyle Mays would sound like this if they played a Hammond B3. Rhythically interesting but not at the expense of form. Excellent improvs. from start to finish, easily accessible. This is a great CD of great musicians and top quality production... nice one!! When you comin' to the UK?
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Andrew Simineri

Outstanding
I saw these guys perform tracks from this CD and others at the Blue Note in NYC on Friday the 4th of Feb. Rodney was not there and Gene Jackson was the sub. I loved the recording and to see these guys in person performing was incredible. Gene Jackson did an unbelievable job for never having performed these tunes before. Tom Guarna's sound and melodic solo's were beautiful. George takes me to new places every time that I see him. I'm keeping my eye out for future recordings by any of these guys.
Thanks.
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hanyi ishtouk

Debut album of consummate keyboardman's jazz organ trio
augmented here by Gary Thomas' husky, angular and occasionally strained yet distinct contribution on tenor saxophone (#1, 4, 6, 8) and flute lithe (#7). Colligan has produced two more discs in the same vein: "Realization" (2005, Sirocco) and "Pride and Joy" (2010, Piloo - dedicated to his toddler son, Liam, I suppose), the latter one having one Kenny Grohowski on drums as a replacement for that powerhouse of invention and dynamism embodied in the person of Rodney Holmes (solo #1, 3, 6), whom I had the pleasure to watch performing live with the Brecker Brothers back in 1995.
The strongest part, imho, is being offered in the bit less than 25 minutes comprising tracks #4-6: the title song 'mad science' is a taut, nasty jazz-funk piece featuring great solos from all those involved, with some netherworldy sonic effects in the background and fine basslines provided by Colligan's left hand, not unlike the bass riff on jazz-funk-blues opener 'barbarians' reminiscent of a plodding bear heading for the raspberry shrubbery. 'Seduction' conjures the image of, say, a cocky hipster, showcasing a good deal of rhythmic exploration as well as a sweeping improvisation by the bandleader; while 'thought police' exudes a foreboding air dissolved somewhat later by the impishly playful organ.
In addition to spot-on, well executed ideas for the solo sections, guitarist Tom Guarna brings two of his compositions to the table: the street smart theme called #3 'out from the underground' and the bossa, rather than samba, treat #7 'alaska basin' (wonder how the title came about), which I'm not really fond of. The set closes with #8 'modiedi's modalities', where the intrigue foreshadowed by the hardbop head is unfortunately not sustained/followed through but morphed into an otherwise energetically swinging organ-guitar-tenor sax exploration. Total time: 64.08 min.
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