OA2 Records Reviews

Amy Stephens - My Many Moods
by Alain Londes, All About Jazz

Amy Stephens released her debut album in 98, yet My Many Moods offers a better sense of her piano talents. This is her first recorded statement following her move to Seattle, among other changes in her life. The overall feel is eclectic yet smooth. ... read more

Josh Moshier & Mike Lebrun - Joy Not Jaded
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

Northwestern grads, pianist Moshier and saxophonist Lebrun have kept the musical collaboration going past the classroom. Their tunes are sharp modern jazz pieces, giving each the opportunity to say what they want musically. Harmonically and ... read more

Rich Pellegrin - Three-Part Odyssey
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

Seattle is a place where jazz can be treated as an experiment, and pianist/composer Pellegrin, who is getting his Ph.D. at the University of Washington, takes a studious approach to his music. This is dense jazz from note one. The opener, "Nothing ... 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 ... read more

Nathan Eklund Group - Coin Flip
by Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Trumpeter-composer Nathan Eklund forges great frontline chemistry with tenor saxophonist Craig Yaremko on his fourth outing as a leader. Joined by Steve Myerson on Fender Rhodes, Kellen Harrison on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums, the pair ... read more

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