OA2 Records Reviews

George Cotsirilos - Variations
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

This is the kind of jazz guitar trio date that lifts you up so much that you almost feel guilty not writing some long screed nobody will read about how good they are. We won’t. This trio smokes! Tasty and in the pocket throughout, all we can say is you miss this at your own risk. Hot... read more

Andrew Oliver Sextet - 82% Chance of Rain
by Brett Campbell, Willamette Week

With his Kora Band and Portland Jazz Composers Orchestra, hard-working young keyboardist Andrew Oliver has become a mainstay of this city's jazz scene. His high-energy second sextet release gets the precipitation percentage wrong, but just about everything else right.

82% Chance of Rain is an eclectic collection, but a year of honing these 10 tracks has allowed them to benefit from the variety of the composers? well-integrated yet distinctive... 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

Chamber 3 - Grassroots
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

A dandy homage to 60s jazz as made by the cats that weren't selling out to pop and Beatles covers as a way to protect their turf. With the progressive edge in tact, the latest from this Seattle/German cross currant is right in the pocket for sitting back in your chair with a brandy and nodding your head appreciatorily without even knowing you are doing it. Tasty stuff that hits the right spot... read more

Liam Sillery - Phenomenology
by Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

Another great release from OA2 records - trumpeter Liam Sillery's fourth for the label is called Phenomenology - a modern philosophical study of human consciousness - which is an apt title for this recording - which seeks to stretch the boundaries of musical experience. The title track opens with Sillery and saxophonist Matt Blostein playing parallel lines in an almost 1960s style, but things go onto free form in the middle section with... read more

Danny Green - Altered Narratives
by Justin Cober-Lake, Dusted Magazine

If the opening of the Danny Green Trio's new album nods to Bill Evans and reflects the way that tradition carries a strong role in pianist Green's compositions and playing, the title Altered Narratives suggests that there's more going on here than just a new entry in the trad jazz storyline.

Any gamesmanship in the album comes across less as a commentary on narrative and more through Green's persistent playfulness. That opening track... read more

New Standard Jazz Orchestra - Waltz About Nothing
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Any orchestra that professes to establish a new standard had better be able to back that up. Happily for the listener, on its debut recording, Waltz About Nothing, Chicago's New Standard Jazz Orchestra can—and does. In a little more than two years, the NSJO has arisen as a worthy successor to one of the more exemplary ensembles ever to grace the Windy City, trumpeter Rob Parton's JazzTech Big Band. The equivalence seems predestined when one... read more

Gail Pettis - Here in the Moment
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

Seattle singer Gail Pettis has released her second CD for OA2, and it's another winner! I love her singing because she's a natural who doesn?t go over the top with unnecessary fluff. She's blessed with a great voice and lets that voice do its thing. With a couple of Seattle trios led by pianists Randy Haberstadt and Darin Clendenin,
Pettis works comfortably on 11... read more

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