OA2 Records Reviews

Tom Tallitsch - Perspective
by JazzTimes, JazzTimes

Sleeper CD of the Week: Tom Tallitsch's Perspective on OA2. Great sounding post-bop session from the Philadelphia-based... read more

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra - Cheap Rent
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Yes, the name is intriguing - but what should one expect musically from the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra? Bits and pieces of a number of disparate elements, really, from straight-ahead contemporary motifs to shuffle beats and old-line swing, from down-home New Orleans rhythms to throwback grooves from the '70s and even a seductive ballad. What matters most is that every number is capably performed by an ensemble comprised... read more

Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever
by Travis Rogers Jr., The Jazz Owl

I'm glad Daria called the album Strawberry Fields Forever; Songs by the Beatles (OA2 Records 22129). That subtitle offers Daria some creative latitude to reinterpret as she sees fit and desires to do. That is to say, she does not sing the Beatles' classics as mere repetitions, rather she reinvents those classic in Jazzy, sometimes bossa nova, arrangements with Afro-Cuban rhythms.

I'm a bit of a Beatles purist but there have been... read more

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter One
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Originally hailing from San Francisco and Nova Scotia, the co-leaders of the newly-minted Bicoastal Collective (Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington) met in Texas and later formed a band with college acquaintances, also hailing from throughout North America. After an introductory (and outstanding) jazz waltz that sounds like a small big band is at work, the collective moves into a long series of pieces showcasing elements of sound throughout trumpeter... read more

Danny Green - Altered Narratives
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist Danny Green's trio has been a solid team, backing up artists such as vocalist Roberta Donnay. Here, Green shows his composing and arranging skills match his tactile talents with Justin Grinnell/b and Julien Cantelm/dr as his pieces such as "Serious Fun" and "October Ballad" show a range from Crescent City stomps to late night candelabra. Cantelm and Grinnell form an attractive restlessness underneath the lyrical ivories on "The Merge"... read more

Danny Green - Altered Narratives
by Chris Spector, Midwest Review

Everything here seems appropriate. Recorded for Origin's 'after hours' label with production vet Matt Pierson at the helm, this jazz piano trio date seems like the perfect after hours set. Recorded with that after hours, there's no one in the studio but us, vibe this is the perfect classic feeling date that simply has to dust on it. A killer listening set, it's a real joy and time well spent. Killer stuff throughout everyone on board can... read more

Gordon Lee with the Mel Brown Septet - Tuesday Night
by Bill Donaldson, Cadence

The fact that Mel Brown's septet has gone unrecorded, but for an album in the eighties, raises the question of how many other not only worthy, but individually remarkable, groups remain undiscovered. Their members may be satisfied with performing as the occasions arise at local venues before going back to make a living at their day jobs.

In Brown's case, the album's name refers to its weekly gig at Jimmy Mak's in Portland, Oregon for the... read more

Fred Forney - Chasing Horizons
by JazzTimes, Jazz Times Education

Originally a classical trumpeter who also taught high school music classes, Fred Forney switched his career entirely when he discovered jazz. He traded his symphony work for leading a combo while continuing to teach. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., he is the director of jazz studies at Mesa Community College. He also works as both a lead trumpeter and a jazz soloist.

In the liner notes of "Chasing Horizons," Forney reveals that one recording that... read more

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