Influenced by 20th century composers and deeply rooted into jazz, the Geo Progulakis trio explores different interesting musical concepts. Each song unfolds a story that gradually introduces its compositional elements. Meticulously calibrated geometries shapes, in which improvisation is integrated to develop the theme and its variations.
The nine original compositions on this album reveal glimpses of my personal experiences growing up as a child in Chile and Peru, then to my next twenty years in Italy, and finally taking root in NYC for these past four years.
Highly imaginative and carefully structured compositions that blend traditional jazz with progressive elements. Evocative harmonies and adventurous rhythmic complexity gives to this New York based piano trio a very distinctive voice.
Aaron Goldberg, he is now an active performer in New York’s thriving music scene. Progulakis released his debut album Good Start with his trio- consisting of himself, bassist Luca Rosenfeld and drummer Zan Tetickovic- in 2014. The record explores many themes and shines a light on his compositional prowess, featuring nine original compositions. Some of the titles, like “Bla Bla” and “Microwaved Salad,” are playful and humorous, but the playing here is serious business. The rhythm section can use varied textures to set up a colorful backdrop for a thoughtful melody, as they do in the introduction to the opener, “Flicker,” or they can be a powerful, driving force as they are in “Arica,” laying down a solid groove while responding to Progulakis’ solo with lines and rhythms that could only have come from their acute listening and collective chemistry. Progulakis’ introspective playing style often seems to shine in thoughtful ballads, “Vino Veritas” being a good example. However, his thoughtful approach to improvisation lends excitement to each of his solos; phrases often reference the theme but also vary from it in unexpected and exciting ways.
Fans of piano will be very happy with this release, which covers many styles of music from straight ahead swing to straight-eighth grooves with equal parts ease and audacity. This debut record is certainly a very “good start” to a promising career.