OA2 Records Reviews

Budman / Levy Orchestra - From There To Here
by John Henry, Audiophile Audition

Alex Budman, who plays reeds in this aggregation, points out in his notes that during the mid-2000s a number of musicians from around the U.S. settled in Los Angeles and played in various big bands. Some of them with similar musical sensibilities ... read more

Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra - What Did You Dream?
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz.com

Dan Gailey has been known for years as a superb composer / arranger / saxophonist / educator but never before as leader of his own orchestra, an oversight he deftly corrects on What Did You Dream? All the music on this congenial studio date is ... read more

Carrie Wicks - Barely There
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Vocalist Carrie Wicks\' debut was 2010\'s I\'ll Get Around To It (OA2 Records). She slipped her original composition, the disc\'s title tune that she co-wrote with bassist Ken Nottingham, onto the CD, along with a bunch of well-chosen songs from the ... read more

Carolyn Graye with Jessica Williams - Songs
by Ben Ohmart, Muses Muse

The simple, unadorned title fits the contents. This is just an album of Carolyn Graye singing against Jessica Williams' romantic, hardly flashy piano. A real piano. It is night and nightclub jazz for those of us who really Dig this kind of naked, ... read more

Daniel Barry - Walk All Ways
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

For those listeners acquainted with Daniel Barry's musical journey only through his conductor/arranger gig with the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) and their fine traditional, straight-ahead sets under his directorship?Dreamcatcher (OA2 ... read more

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