Guillermo Gregorio
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Argentinean clarinetist and alto saxophonist Guillermo Gregorio (1941) grew up among the Buenos Aires avantgarde, as documented on Otra Musica Collection (Atavistic, 2000), that collects works composed between 1963 and 1970. He then switched to jazz and achieved cult status as one of the few improvisers who basically played classical avantgarde in a jazz context in a series of milestone recordings that rank among the most daring of his generation: Approximately (june 1995 - Hat Art, 1996), featuring Eric Pakula on saxophones, Mat Maneri on violin, Pendelis Karayorgis on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Ellipsis (february 1997 - Hat Art, 1997), featuring Gene Coleman on bass clarinet, Jim O'Rourke on acoustic guitar and accordion, Carrie Biolo on vibes, and Michael Cameron on acoustic bass, Background Music (january 1998 - Hat Art, 1998), featuring Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Kjell Nordeson on percussion, Red Cubed (march 1998 - Hat Art, 1999), featuring Pandelis Karayorgis on piano and Mat Maneri on electric violin, Degrees of Iconicity (february 1999 - Hat Art, 2000), featuring Carrie Biolo on vibes, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and cornet, Michael Cameron and Kent Kessler on acoustic basses,

The first two are the most innovative and, at the same time, most lyrical.

The highlights of Faktura (december 2000), namely the five-movement Rodchenko Suite and the Systems and Variations for Piano, roam an even vaster and more unstable territory (Francois Houle on clarinet, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on English horn, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jen Paulson on viola, Jim Baker on piano, Jeff Parker on guitar, Michael Cameron on bass, Carrie Biolo on percussion).

Chicago Approach (october 2005) featured Gregorio on clarinet, Pandelis Karayorgis on grand piano and Nate McBride on double-bass.

Credited to trombonist Sebi Tramontana, Night People (july 2001) featured Terri Kapsalis on violin, John Corbett on guitar, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet.

Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet), Jason Roebke (contrabass), Brian Labycz (electronics) collaborated on Colectivos (2010 - Peira, 2012) and Without Titles Multiverse (february 2012) was a duo collaboration between Guillermo Gregorio and pianist Paul Giallorenzo.

Window And Doorway (june 2011 - Driff, 2013) documents the trio of Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet), Steve Swell (trombone) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano).

Gregorio's Sack Of Rice (Peira, 2013) documents a live performance with Michael Thieke on second clarinet, Jim Baker on synth and Michael Zerang on percussion.

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