OA2 Records Reviews

Katie King - Harry's Fight
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

She's not quite a torch singer, but you're likely to get that sense from the album cover and the American songbook selections. For her fourth album (and first in 10 years), Katie King plunges through some admittedly torchy pieces, but also includes a few rather catchy original numbers and adaptations of a few pop (primarily the Beatles) pieces. The album opens with an original that comes out a bit stuttered, almost in the realm of a slow rap... read more

Rich Pellegrin - Episodes IV-VI
by Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune

Rich Pellegrin and his artful quintet made a promise in 2011.

It came in the form of Three-Part Odyssey, the debut album from the pianist, also a University of Missouri professor, and his partners in jazz. Daring and possessed of many moods, it certainly could have existed as a complete, self-contained musical statement.

But Pellegrin and his mates intended the album to be just the first chapter of a growing corpus, a Three-Part... read more

Jimmy Bennington - Midnight Choir
by Bud Kopman, All About Jazz

There is little information included about the music on Midnight Choir to prepare you for the listening experience (though there is a bio of Jimmy Bennington), and the disc starts right off quite abstractly. The first two tracks are attributed to Seth Paynter (sax) and are of a sparse, non-rhythmic, free kind that is more expressionist than anything else. "The Mind" is made of sax/bass duets, bass solos, drum solos, vocalisms, and the trio... read more

Barney McClure Trio, featuring Mike Denny - Spot
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Organist (also pianist, but not on this album) Barney McClure pumps out an excellent set in combination with guitarist Mike Denny, with some reference to the great Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery combinations of the past (though more in spirit than in composition). This is Northwest jazz with an added kick from the small Alaskan contingent of the scene. McClure plugs along with some excellent Hammond chops throughout, working off the simple riffs of... read more

Kyle Asche Organ Trio - The Hook Up
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Nothing says "jazz" like an organ trio, and nothing sounds "cooler." I mean dark sunglasses, tight black suit and skinny dark tie cool, maybe a cigarette dangling, like on some of those old Wes Montgomery album covers on Riverside.

Chicago-based guitarist Kyle Asche fits very well into the Wes Montgomery sound, though the look has been updated -- suits have a more modern cut, with some color, and the ties are wider, and the cigarettes... read more

Michael Zilber - Billy Collins Project: Eleven on Turning Ten
by Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Vancouver native and San Francisco resident Michael Zilber adapts the poetry of onetime American poet laureate Billy Collins to a compelling song cycle in his fourth outing as a leader. Accompanied by outstanding pianist John Burr and Taylor Eigsti's former rhythm tandem of bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis, and with singer Andy Kirshner delivering Collins' bracing words, Zilber creates thoughtful, effective backdrops for Collins'... 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

Danny Green - Altered Narratives
by Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs

This album features the compositions of Danny Green as well as his skills on the piano. I found his compositions to be interesting, melodic and memorable. I especially liked track #1 with its heavy blues influence, reminding me a lot of the "Killer Joe" song. I was all set for more. Then came track #2, "The Merge" which was totally different and pleasing in an entirely different kind of way. Track #3, "October Ballad" is very classically... read more

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