CD Lines [Karayorgis & Pakula] (CD 1045751),
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Lines [Karayorgis & Pakula]

  • 1. 317 East 32nd Street
    2. Two Not One
    3. King Oliver
    4. Dark Song
    5. Feather Bed
    6. Kary's Trance
    7. Mishing - (for Misha Mengelberg)
    8. April
    9. All About You
    10. Lament
    11. In Time
    12. Dreams
    13. Out & Out
    14. Baby
    15. Background Music
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5014

  • Credits
    EngineerMat Maneri

    Full performer name: Pandelis Karayorgis/Eric Pakula.
    Personnel: Eric Pakula (alto saxophone); Pandelis Karayorgis (piano); Eric Rosenthal (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Mat Maneri.
    Liner Note Author: Art Lange.
    Recording information: Cambridge, MA (03/16/1995-03/21/1995); Persona Sound, Framingham, MA (03/16/1995-03/21/1995).
    Lines should have been subtitled "A Tribute to Lennie Tristano" because that's what this CD essentially is. Co-leading this March 1995 date, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis and alto saxman Eric Pakula embrace seven of Tristano's compositions (including "April," "Dreams," "Two Not One" and "Baby") along with Warne Marsh's "Background Music," Lee Konitz's "Kary's Trance" and some pieces of their own. Throughout the album, Karayorgis and Pakula's very different outlooks make for some interesting contrasts. While Karayorgis refuses to be the least bit sentimental, Pakula has no problem being lyrical one minute and intellectual the next. One thing they share, of course, is a healthy appreciation of Tristano's innovations, but thankfully, they do a great deal of interpreting instead of placing his music under a sheet of glass and treating it like a museum piece. The end result is an album that isn't overly accessible, but is certainly rewarding if you're willing to accept the improvisers on their own terms. ~ Alex Henderson

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