OA2 Records Reviews

Liam Sillery - On The Fly
by Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

Liam Sillery, the New York-based young trumpeter, is back with his second OA2 release, and has hit paydirt with On the Fly. For those of you who mourn for a modern version of the classic Blue Note sound, you no longer have to search out pricey Criss Cross label imports, the one label that has tried to put out Blue Note quality CDs with young jazz artists as leaders. Now you can throw the OA2 label into the mix.

Sillery is blessed again with... read more

Liam Sillery Quintet - Minor Changes
by Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

The quintet of young players on Minor Changes performs an updated version of hard bop. The best-known musician is probably Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist David Sills, but all five are talented players. Although six of the seven selections are by trumpeter Liam Sillery (all but Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful"), the music is primarily straight-ahead modern mainstream music, with the musicians sounding at their best on "Terry's Blues,"... read more

Jeff Jenkins - The Arrival
by Dave Rogers, WTJU - Richmond

Veteran keyboard player and teacher at University of Colorado (Boulder) and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, Jeff Jenkins concentrates on the B3 for this outing. His early concentration on piano included study with Richie Beirach and Kenny Barron and performing with Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, David Fathead Newman, Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, and Clark Terry. He composed 9 of the 11 songs on this disc, covering a... read more

Josh Moshier & Mike Lebrun - Joy Not Jaded
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Young jazz tends to go one of two directions in common form -- it can hold strictly to playing through classic ideas as the players get the music of the greats ingrained into them, or it can spin wildly out of control as the players show off their instrumental mastery with little regard for a strong, original melody. The Chicago quartet led by Josh Moshier (on outstanding keys throughout the album) and Mike Lebrun (on sax) takes neither of the... read more

Greg Duncan Quintet - Unveiled
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Bandleader Greg Duncan spent some time touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and in ways it shows here on his debut recording. While he's working in a quintet for Unveiled, and on modern compositions, there's a definite classic big-band sound. The players here -- Duncan on trumpet, Dan Nicholson on sax, and Marcin Fahmy, Jon Deitemeyer, and Jeff Greene as the rhythm section -- all play their parts in a cohesive manner, never straying too far... read more

Alex Budman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra - Instruments of Mass Pleasure
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

Big band fans who hail from - or have visited - the San Francisco area probably are familiar with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

This wonderful group has been a Bay Area mainstay for more than 10 years, and has performed every Monday evening at Jazz At The Pearl for about the same length of time. Even if you seldom leave the Sacramento area, you may have caught this ensemble when it was featured at Waterfront Park several years ago. (Group... read more

Vince Norman / Joe McCarthy Big Band - Bright Future
by Harver Siders, Jazz Times

Release number two for the Norman-McCarthy band, and the momentum from its debut album, Words Cannot Express, as well as ten of its key players being intact, lend continuity to this exciting D.C.-based organization. Since Washington seems to have an inexhaustible supply of eager, first-rate sidemen thanks to the profusion of service bands in the Capital, co-leader/arranger, multi-instrumentalist Norman had no problem picking up where he left off... read more

Alex Budman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra - Instruments of Mass Pleasure
by Harvey Siders, Jazz Times

For over a decade, these San Francisco swingers have had a permanent place at Pearl's, where they can hone their collective and solo chops. Imagine the luxury of being paid to run down material for a recording session. No wonder the comfort level shows on every track of Alex Budman and Co.'s fourth CD.

"Samba in 7," written by bassist Lorenzo Farrell and arranged by Budman, has a 4/3 imbalance but it's the most straightaheadsounding bossa,... read more

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