John Corbett's liner notes to this album cite Misha Mengelberg, Paul Bley, and Lennie Tristano as possible influences on pianist Pandelis Karayorgis' playing. Thelonious Monk might be another. Yet, Karayorgis is an original voice, one who meshes tonal clusters with an uncannily angular and subtle style.
Here, with drummer Randy Peterson and bassist Nate McBride, the pianist makes every note count, with an unpretentious, deliberately paced mix of attractive originals, plus some not-so-well-known pieces by Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington, and Ken McIntyre. Karayorgis' lines follow their own logic, and sound almost as though he is performing with his elbows, which of course he isn't. Peterson and McBride are both very effective partners, sharing the leader's penchant for quirky, carefully constructed nuance. As a trio, they may not be trailblazing entirely new territory, but the journey is filled with tastefully delicious twists and turns.
|Lautir / Ken McIntyre||Pandelis Karayorgis||6:02|
|What Did I Just Say? / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||7:08|
|Miss Ann / Eric Dolphy||Pandelis Karayorgis||2:47|
|How Daisies Jiggle / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||5:23|
|Straight Blues / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||6:01|
|Frustration / Duke Ellington||Pandelis Karayorgis||2:52|
|I Heard Things / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||6:15|
|Half Tilt / Nate McBride||Pandelis Karayorgis||5:33|
|Corpus Delicti / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||4:41|
|Heart and Sack / Pandelis Karayorgis||Pandelis Karayorgis||4:04|