OA2 Records Reviews

Phil Parisot - Lingo
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Another in a series of talented jazzbo drummers that know how to lead from the back of the stage, this is a zesty romp that shows where slamming the skins for 20 years can take you if you've been playing attention. Smart forward thinking sounds that also respect the varied past, Parisot delivers an atmospheric date that's anything but background music. Snappy and swinging throughout, this is real meat you can sink your jazzbo teeth... read more

Jeff Baker - Phrases
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

RINGER OF THE WEEK There aren't a lot of male vocalists who stray form the same old Great American Songbook, so a guy like Jeff Baker immediately grabs my attention, and should yours. He's got a low tenor-high baritone sound, and his style is like a troubadour, telling stories that feel personal and observant. You can't beat his ensemble here, as it includes Brian Blade/dr, Steve Wilson/as, Marquis Hill/tp, Darrell Grant/p, Clark... read more

Steve Williams & Jazz Nation - Jazz Nation
by George Kanzler, The New York City Jazz Record

Clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels is represented at both ends of the ensemble spectrum on these CDs: in duo with pianist Roger Kellaway on Duke at the Roadhouse and as a guest with the big band Jazz Nation led by Steve Williams, a role recalling Daniels' tenure in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

Duke at the Roadhouse is an adventurous chamber jazz recital recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe. Eight... read more

Gordon Lee - This Path
by John Henry, Audiophile Audition

Lee is a respected Portland, OR pianist, composer, arranger and music educator. He's performed around the world and with some of the top names in jazz. His diverse expertise covers avant-garde, symphonic, fusion and big band. The many different influences result in an extremely diverse collection of a dozen tracks which he has composed or arranged. The "Lakota Song" and "Sitting Bull's Revenge" reminded me of a memorable evening Lee... read more

George Cotsirilos - Mostly in Blue
by Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

For much of his career, George Cotsirilos harbored an uncomfortable secret. By night, the veteran jazz guitarist kept company with some of the Bay Area's most revered improvisers, swinging with quiet efficiency while delivering thoughtfully burnished solos.

But he was so scrupulous about keeping his daytime activities on the down-low that many of his musical peers had no clue about his entanglement in the criminal justice system. Now he can... read more

Unhinged Sextet - Don't Blink
by Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal (London)

4-Stars This band is made up of six musician/composers from different corners of the United States who have come together to play music in the style they love for this their second CD. They play in the highly durable hard bop style that came to full fruition in the 1960s. The opening track Don't Blink immediately demonstrates their cohesive unity, the ensembles clear and crisp and very much together. Pianist Kocour plays a free-flowing... read more

Lynn Baker Quartet - Azure Intention
by Timothy Breckon, Examiner.com

Malcolm Lynn (Lynn) Baker has influenced many musicians you listen to in Denver but you probably do not even know it. The current head of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music's Jazz Program and former director of admissions for Lamont as a whole is something of a modern day renaissance man. I performed under his direction for four years in Lamont's Jazz Orchestra and count myself the better for Lynn's tutelage (alternatively-count... read more

Fred Forney - Chasing Horizons
by Jeremy Brekke, International Trumpet Guild, January 2011

Fred Forney's second release as a leader, Chasing Horizons features a set of original compositions that keep with the traditions of jazz while making it all sound new and interesting. A long-time Arizona resident, Forney is the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College and has been involved with numerous recording projects in Phoenix metropolitan area. Forney leads a quartet of top-notch musicians through his compositions and... read more

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