Reviews that mention Paul Giallorenzo

December 17, 2018

Chris Dammann

1980 Records No #

A solid if unspectacular session by Chicago bassist Chris Dammann recruits a cadre of high quality players from the Windy City, but seems unable to decide whether it should be a straightforward FreeBop session or whether to commit itself to a Prog-Blues-Rock groove. Dammann, who composed four of the seven tracks, is an accomplished bull fiddler who moves between Chi-Town and rural Virginia and commercial and creative music. An AACM member, drummer Avreeayl Ras worked with players as disparate as Kelan Philip Cohran and Dave Rempis. Keyboardist Mabel Kwan is part of the New music Ensemble Dal Niente; cellist Kevin Davis, who also uses a ring modulator, has worked with Rempis and Jim Baker; and keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo works with Joshua Abrams and Jason Stein. Meanwhile trumpet/ring modulator player James Davis, who gets a high percentage of the solo apace here, plays in groups such as Beveled and LORIS. MORE

December 12, 2018

Hearts & Minds

Astral Spirits MF181/AS 077

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore

After Caroline

Northern Spy NS099

Expressing his bass clarinet wizardry on these CDs Chicago-based Jason Stein wields his instrument effectively in contrasting trio situations. On the so-called Free Jazz side of the fence is the most recent CD from his long-running Locksmith Isidore group with drummer Mike Pride and bassist Jason Roebke. Meanwhile Hearts & Minds, a co-op with drummer Chad Taylor, who often partners Rob Mazurek, and old friend Paul Giallorenzo on synthesizer and keyboards, fearlessly explores the often perilous territory between Free Music and groove rhythms. MORE

July 16, 2018

Paul Giallorenzo Trio

Delmark DE 5026

One of the drawbacks of even the so-called Jazz business focusing on what passes for superstars in its narrow milieu is that equally accomplished players aren’t better known. Case in point is Chicago pianist Paul Giallorenzo. A unique and accomplished city fixture associated with stylists like Mars William and Jason Stein, he has recorded several outstanding CDs in various configurations, but his appreciation is mostly local.

Flow, his take on the classic Jazz piano trio legacy is again first rate, but whether it will change his status is problematic. Working with bassist Joshua Abrams, known as leader of the Natural Information Society (NIS) and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, who also plays in NIS, Giallorenzo exposes nine of his own compositions which juxtapose the unique and unexpected with an unvarying sense of swing and affability, Polymetrical and responsive, at first the pieces seem to be fully in the established night club piano tradition, which includes such Windy City masters as John Young and Jodie Christian. But sly interpolations turn many of them into musical palimpsests, with spry countermelodies peeking from the perimeters. MORE

January 24, 2017

Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Frank Rosaly

Hearts and Minds
Astral Spirits AS026

Having figured out how to make an improvised music trio function as if it was a Heavy Metal trio on this disc are three Chicago-based players who have already established themselves as Jazz standard bearers. Like movie thriller makers who demonstrate that there’s a subversive edge in their program, no matter how much in-your-face brutality is exposed, Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly are too attuned to sophisticated sounds to affect the jejune properties of simpler strategies. MORE

October 11, 2016

Artist Feature

Jason Stein
By Ken Waxman

Serendipity plays a large part in many musicians’ careers. And it’s serendipity that has meant that bass clarinetist Jason Stein has recently been performing his own music for large arena audiences. That’s because Stein, 39, is the brother of comedy superstar Amy Schumer and his Locksmith Isidore trio has become her opening act, regularly playing for tens of thousands of Schumer fans. Stein isn’t letting these high-profile gigs take over his life though. This month for instance, the night after he plays at Madison Square Garden (MSG) with Schumer, his Hearts and Minds trio with keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo and drummer Chad Taylor, is at the Greenwich House Music School. MORE

December 21, 2014

NPR 9th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2014

Ken Waxman’s ballot


1. Yoni Kretzmer-Pascal Niggenkemper-Weasel Walter, Protest Music (OutNow)

2. Paul Giallorenzo, Force Majeure (Delmark)

3. Kyle Bruckmann, . . . Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (SingleSpeed Music)

4. Sakata/Lonberg-Holm/Gutvik/Nilssen-Love, The Cliff of Time (PNL)

5. Alexander Hawkins, Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel)

6. François Carrier-Michel Lambert-Alexey Lapin, The Russia Concerts Volume 1/The Russia Concerts Volume 2 (FMR)

7. Rodrigo Amado & Jeb Bishop, The Flame Alphabet (NotTwo) MORE

November 6, 2014

Paul Giallorenzo GitGo

Force Majeure
Delmark Records DE 5015

Unheralded it would seem, except in Chicago where he plays gigs ranging from mainstream Jazz to electro-acoustic experiments, on this CD, pianist Paul Giallorenzo has composed seven tracks which snugly fit a niche perhaps no one else new existed: the sliver between Free Bop and Free Jazz.

Most tracks offer up the heft and development you would have expected from the Jazz Messengers at their peak, but the tunes are tempered with solos that take into account unusual techniques found in more experimental music created since then. Besides Giallorenzo, who has worked with the likes of bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Tim Daisy, the GitGo quintet gets its’ Jazz Messenger-like power from trombonist Jeb Bishop, reedist Mars Williams, bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Quin Kirchner. MORE