OA2 Records Reviews

Steve Williams & Jazz Nation - Jazz Nation
by Ed Kopp, Jazziz

It\'s almost impossible to sustain a touring big band in today\'s economy, so it\'s left to regional ensembles to keep the big band tradition alive. Most of these local groups don\'t play together frequently enough to develop a distinctive ... read more

Wil Swindler - Universe B
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Wil Swindler, fresh off of a Gil Evans Fellowship endorsement, began putting together new pieces for his Elevenet in 2008. The key to the ensemble is the mix of fresh (and classic jazz-inspired) compositions with an interesting set of instruments. ... read more

Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence - In the Rain Shadow
by Alex Shapiro Composer, In the Rain Shadow

It makes complete sense that an evolutionary biologist would have a deep understanding of the genetics of musical groove. Trombonist Chris Amemiya has the rare gift of this holistic balance in his life, and with his accomplished co-conspirators of ... read more

The Kora Band - Cascades
by Philip Booth, Jazziz

"World jazz" is the label that often gets slapped on any project that dares mix post-bop music with grooves and instrumentation not native to North America. And those projects fequently come off as gimmicky. Not so with the Kora Band, a group of ... read more

George Cotsirilos - Past Present
by Jordan Richardson, I Hear Sparks Music Blog

Unassuming and without airs, George Cotsirilos' guitar snakes through Past Present with velvety simplicity. The new record from his trio, comprised also of bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, is a fulfilling ten-song set that rises and ... read more

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