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Pandelis Karayorgis

Sentimental, sweet, fluffy, syrupy — they are some words that wont hear regarding the avant-garde/post-bop jazz pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, whose playing provides often been referred to as angular, cerebral, and abstract. Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor are his principal affects, although Paul Bley, Marilyn Crispell, Myra Melford as well as the underexposed Herbie Nichols may also be valid comparisons. Blessed and elevated in Greece, Karayorgis transferred to Boston within the 1980s and went to the esteemed New Britain Conservatory (where he examined with well-known improvisers like pianist Bley and bassist Dave Holland). Karayorgis (that has frequently preferred an inside/outdoors design of playing) continued to be within the Boston region, and it has been regularly energetic on the Boston jazz picture (where he used the Mandela Octet within the 1990s and frequently caused violinist Mat Maneri). Within the 1990s and early 2000s, the pianist documented several albums being a head or co-leader — many of them on Leo.

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