OA2 Records Reviews

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

Debbie Poryes - Loving Hank
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

It must be assumed that pianist Debbie Poryes has named her trio album as an homage to Hank Jones, as her compositions, as well as her interprations, display a similar gentility and regality as the famed bop icon. With Peter Barshay/b and David Rokeach/dr she produces a wistful "Both Sides Now" while creating sublime colors on "Autumn in New York." Even Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" is relaxed and elegant, while the title track dedicated to... read more

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings - One Day It Will
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

RINGER OF THE WEEK Pianists seem to always dream about doing a trio album with strings. Well, Danny Green makes a dream come true, as he wisely avoids the use of the string quartet for "support," but makes the team of Kaet Hatmaker/v, Igor Pandurski/v, Travis Maril/vi and Erica Erenyi/cel an intrinsic part of the collaboration.

Green's got a gorgeously swinging and melodic touch, and uses his trio of Justin Grinnell/b and Julien... read more

Ben Markley - Second Introduction
by John Barron, All About Jazz

Denver-based pianist Ben Markley, winner of the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, is a well-studied musician whose achievements thus far demonstrate a willingness to stand apart from the multitude of talented young artists graduating from music colleges across the country.

Second Introduction is Markley's second recording as a leader with rhythm section pals Evan Gregor (bass) and Jordan Perlson (drums). Added to the front-line of the... read more

Svetlana and the Delancey Five - Night At The Speakeasy
by Michael Verity, About Entertainment

As sophisticated as is Lisa Hilton, as sweet and subtle as is Cyrille Aimee, so is Svetlana Shmulyian sexy and swinging. A veteran of the New York nightclub scene, Svetlana calls on an A-list roster of players to make this record, including drummer (and co-producer) Rob Garcia, trumpeter Charlie Caracas and bassist George Delancey. Also in the mix is trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. "Wycliffe has a natural chemistry with the band," says Svetlana of... read more

Ben Markley - Basic Economy
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist Ben Markley forms a hip post-bop band with Evan Gregor/b, Dru Heller/dr and featured guest Greg Osby/as on 6 self-penned pieces and one thrown in by the alto saxist. Of the latter, "Ice-Line" is a dark modal piece that has the saxist crying out to the heavens, while a similar attitude is palpable on the ¾ charger "Mind Fire." Markley gets Monkish on the funky title track and bops with the best during "Half Dozen" and calms the waters on... read more

Brian Owen - Unmei
by Rick Holland, JazzRadio247.com

Brian Owen is a 23 year old trumpet artist from Seattle, Washington. Not only is he a gifted soloist, by a fine composer in his own right. In fact Unmei is a very intriguing compositional debut for such a young artist.

The compositions on this recording reflect a man of maturity beyond his years. Critics and radio stations across the US are giving this CD very favorable notice. And I believe listeners will do the same when they here this... read more

Fred Forney - Chasing Horizons
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

OA2, like its parent label Origin, has sought to give wider exposure to musicians who are deserving. Trumpeter Fred Forney has had a long career playing in symphony orchestras, in Broadway shows, with pop acts, and as a sideman, in addition to serving as director of jazz studies at Mesa Community College in Tempe, AZ, where he took part in the excellent Then and Now, which featured both student jazz ensembles and a faculty nonet. Forney leads a... read more

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