OA2 Records Reviews

Tom Tallitsch - Perspective
by Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Philadelphia-based saxophonist-composer Tom Tallitsch enlists like-minded Philly comrades on his third outing as a leader. Tallitsch blends nicely with guitarist Victor Baker throughout, particularly on the delicate and contemplative opener ?Swirl? (reminiscent of Wayne Shorter's ?Fall?) and the pensive ballad ?Propellerhead.? They take things up a notch on the highly charged ?Red Giant,? which features Baker stretching on a fluid, warm-toned... 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

The Taylor / Fidyk Big Band - Live At Blues Alley
by Edward Blanco, EJazzNews

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the world famous Blues Alley jazz club in Washington, DC, The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band proceeded to blow the house down in one swinging performance captured on tape for their second recording and follow up to their 2002 debut, "A Perfect Match."

Composer/arranger Mark Taylor and drummer Steve Fidyk anchor an eighteen-piece big band comprised of some of the best musicians from the DC area, all veterans from... read more

Gordon Lee and the Gleeful Big Band - Flying Dream
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

We're not told much about Gordon Lee except that he's a Portland, Oregon-based music educator who has performed and recorded with a number of small groups and has been writing big-band charts for eight years. His influences, he writes in the brief liner notes, range from Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Maria Schneider to Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky, and the imprint of one or more of them is visible from... read more

Budman / Levy Orchestra - From There To Here
by Ric Bang, Jazz Scan

Oh, how I miss those wonderful big band years.

Fortunately, I can console myself with groups such as the Budman/Levy Orchestra, another of the large units formed periodically to assuage members of the jazz fraternity’s desires to revisit those days, and create the kind of music that dominated then. If we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll get concerts to attend, along with additional recording sessions that result in albums such as this one.

Alex... read more

Hans Luchs - Time Never Pauses
by Scott Yanow, Downbeat

Guitarist Hans Luchs, a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since 2007, makes his recording debut as a leader on Time Never Pauses. He utilizes a quintet of local musicians to perform eight of his originals, plus the songs "Come Sunday" and "Get Out Of Town."

Luchs' compositions are more notable for their original and often-stimulating chord changes than for having any memorable melodies. But their structures inspire inventive... read more

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Four
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington first met more than fifteen years ago when they were grad students at the University of North Texas in Denton. After gigging separately for a few years, they formed the Bicoastal Collective about a decade ago and have been playing and recording together ever since. This could reasonably be called the Binational Collective, as four of the five musicians on Chaper Four are Canadian, with... read more

Nelda Swiggett - This Time
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

For her first trio recording, pianist Nelda Swiggett goes all out, using her own compositions as a base for cerebral explorations on the keys. Over an extraordinarily steady backing from Chris Symer's bass (and to a slightly less audible degree Byron Vannoy's drums), Swiggett alternately develops sparse themes into stocky grooves and tinkles little blues hybrids into Bill Evans-style balladry (as in the excellent "Heart of the Moment"). On... read more

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