OA2 Records Reviews

George Cotsirilos - Past Present
by Dave Walker, Dave Walker Music

George Cotsirilos is a hidden treasure of jazz - one of those wonderful players that you know are out there somewhere working away without the wider recognition they deserve. This guitarist has paid his dues for almost thirty years now, and with this - his second CD - he shows that he has earned full membership to the club.

Past Present is a finely crafted presentation of original songs and standards, all of a consistently high quality.... read more

Danny Green - After the Calm
by Paul Hormick, San Diego Troubadour

The Danny Green Trio has released their first CD, After the Calm, and it is one of the most engaging jazz recordings, or any type of recording for that matter, that I've heard in recent years. From the first time I put this CD in the disk player, I was absolutely drawn in by this dynamic and fresh music by these three talented musicians.

The trio is Danny Green on piano - he also composed all ten of the tunes on the disk - Justin... read more

Liam Sillery - Phenomenology
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

For his fourth album, trumpeter Liam Sillery decided to explore a bit further afield than his previous sets had gone. Walking the line between traditional and free jazz, Phenomenology provides moments of tender melodies and flights of instrumental showcasing alike. The album opens with the title track, starting with nearly but not quite parallel lines between the horns that are at once reminiscent of Miles Davis' tonal work and Albert Ayler's... read more

George Cotsirilos - Silenciosa
by Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide

Silenciosa is the solo debut album from San Francisco sideman George Cotsirilos. He opts to use the classical guitar with nylon strings here a l Charlie Byrd to give the album a nice dimension of warmth throughout. The set is taken up entirely by standards, which actually ends up suiting the performance quite well, combining familiar sounds with the lightness of the nylon strings. The work opens up with a Rodgers and Hart number before moving... read more

Tunnel Six - Lake Superior
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

The six promising young musicians who comprise Tunnel Six met while attending the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. They quickly discovered a chemistry and worked to interpret the members' compositions, touring parts of Canada and the U.S. for a few weeks prior to entering the studio to record their debut album. The interaction between them makes it sound like they have been playing... read more

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Two
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington met while both men were students at North Texas State (home to one of the major college jazz studies programs) in the late 1990s. Their second release together, with guitarist Scott Sorkin, bassist John Shiflflet and drummer Jason Lewis, has an unusual centerpiece: Lington's adaptations of English folk tunes arranged by classical composer Ralph Vaughn Williams as "Six Studies in English... read more

Barney McClure - Show Me!
by Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

Long-time readers of this 'zine will know that nothing gets me more excited than great organ playing, & Barney's Hammond B3 is certainly among the best I've heard in the last decade, especially when paired with the Central Washington University Big Band... it's not a combination I hear often (most organ-related submissions here are quartets or quintets), but as you listen to the stellar (& smokin') energy on "Hookin' It", you'll hear right... read more

Steve Owen - Stand Up Eight
by Tim Willcox, Jazz Society of Oregon

Composer/Arranger/Saxophonist Steve Owen is one of the Pacific NW's best kept secrets. Having spent the greater part of his career as the director of Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon, opportunities to hear his work are few and far between for those of us living outside the Eugene area. I've always been enamored with his large ensemble pieces. So when I received a copy of his debut album, "Stand Up Eight," I was enthralled. I could... read more

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