Pianist Pandelis (pronounced "Panda-lease") Karayorgis crosses Monk's
percussive touch with a Tristano-esque sense of line, and alto
saxophonist Pakula ("pa-COOL-a") proves the perfect foil with a sound
descended from Lee Konitz, Ornette Coleman and Paul Desmond. In duets
and quartets, with various rhythm sections, they play originals and nine
Tristano tunes with an empathy bordering on telepathy. Swinging,
pensive and humorous.
"Striking originals and bop's least explored territory...More
interested in the transformation of the jazz tradition than simply in
preservation." Ed Hazell, Boston Phoenix
"They walk the road less taken by today's jazz lion and that's refreshing."
"Even more than a continuation of the Tristano lineage, it is the
suggestion of something new and vital, without losing the essence of
-from liner notes by Art Lange
Personnel: Erik Pakula, as; Pandelis Karayorgis, pn; Jonathan Robinson, bs (2,5,8,11,14);
Nate McBride, bs (3,7,10,13); Eric Rosenthal, dms (2,8,14); John McLellan, dms (3-5,7,10,11,13).
Tracks: 1.317 E. 32nd Street; 2.Two Not One; 3.King Oliver; 4.Dark
Song; 5.Featherbed; 6.Kary's Trance; 7.Mishing; 8.April; 9.All About
You; 10.Lament; 11.In Time; 12.Dreams; 13.Out & Out; 14.Baby;