About the Artist
George Colligan organ, keyboards
Tom Guarna guitar
Kenny Grohowski drums
George Colligan and Mad Science thrills listeners with intense, lyrical and cinematic compositions. The group’s new sound for an organ trio combines the the raw funk of Tower of Power and the fusion of Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. The resulting music is full of surprising meter combinations, and satisfyingly tight full-group hits. Named the “ultimate thinking man’s jam band (Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times), Mad Science is comprised of George Colligan, Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes and synthesizer, Tom Guarna, guitar, and Kenny Grohowski, drums. Mike Joyce, of the Washington Postwrites: “[Colligan’s] latest collaboration, the organ-powered Mad Science ensemble, reveals his multiple talents in a series of intriguing, groove-triggered settings.”
George Colligan, an award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), draws fans with his zesty sideman work with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (with over 70 sideman credits). He is also prolific as a leader with 15 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. Tom Guarna (Blood Sweat & Tears, Yellow Jackets, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans) contributes compositions and mellifluous guitar work.Kenny Grohowski is a great new addition to the band, he brings an incredible virtuosity and youthful energy.
George Colligan's Mad Science--Realization(Sirocco)2005
George Colligan and Mad Science--( Sunny Sky)2003
All About Jazz
by By Terrell Kent Holmes Noted keyboardist, group leader and ubiquitous sideman George Colligan has applied his chops to the Hammond B-3 with his latest release, Mad Science, which is also the name...
from All About Jazz by
George Colligan's Mad Science | Sirocco Music Limited By John Kelmanprint email Since emerging on the scene a scant ten years ago, pianist George Colligan has built the kind of body of work that...
Downbeat 2005 by
George Colligan’s Mad ScienceRealizationSirocco Music 1030a**** (Four Stars)Thick,pulsating and high velocity,Realization is a slammin’ good time.Pianist George Colligan-a prodigious sideman and...
Mojo 2005 by
George Colligan’s Mad Science**** (Four Stars)Realization( sirocco)Dark, blistering groove fusion from keyboardist Colligan, better known for polite acoustic outings with Don Byron and Cassandra...
Washington Post Review of Mad Science at Blues All by
George Colligan didn't sound entirely like himself at Blues Alley on Wednesday night. For one thing, he didn't play piano. No doubt that surprised some folks who became acquainted with him when he...
Mike Joyce review of Realization by
Mad Science is the product of George Colligan's split keyboard personality -- or at least the half that has trouble sitting still.Don't look to "Realization" for reminders of the Maryland-bred...