Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet: Circuitous
Driff Records CD 1304
Dave Rempis – alto, tenor and baritone sax
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax, bass and contrabass clarinets
Pandelis Karayorgis – piano
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
All compositions and arrangements by Pandelis Karayorgis, Stray Line Publishing, ASCAP.
Recorded at Chicago Public Media’s Jim & Kay Mabie Performance Studio by Mary Gaffney on January 16th, 2012. Mixed, edited and mastered by Antonio Oliart. Photography by Peter Gannushkin/DowntownMusic.net. Graphic design by Hidde Dijkstra. Liner notes by Stuart Broomer. Special thanks to Jeff Kimmel, Josh Berman, Mike Reed, Peter Gannushkin and Peter Margasak.
This quintet CD features some of today’s top improvisers in the Chicago area; reed players Dave Rempis and Keefe Jackson are backed here by bassist Nate McBride, drummer Frank Rosaly and Boston-based pianist and group leader Pandelis Karayorgis who has written the compositions. The recording was made in January 2012 at Chicago Public Media’s state-of-the-art Jim & Kay Mabie Performance Studio following performances in local venues.
In the liner notes to this album, Stuart Broomer writes: “Everything here testifies to the validity of Karayorgis’s mixed methodology, from the expressive power of individual moments—the kind of bristling hyper-bop practiced by Rempis at one moment to the strange timbral explorations of Jackson at another, from the locked-in drive of McBride and Rosaly to Karayorgis’s cycling through the expanding language of jazz’s harmonic history—to the achievement of whole pieces, their disparate components refracting and shifting their significance. Karayorgis and the quintet succeed brilliantly here in creating music that both reverberates with the tradition and creates its own extraordinary musical states—textures, visions and collisions that are unique, that could not be produced by any other group or any singular method.”