OA2 Records Reviews

Brian Owen - Unmei
by Dr. Mike, Radioio.com

The youth just keep coming on strong. this week I feature one of the most significant releases of 2006 led by Seattle's 23 year old trumpeter and composer brian owens. the release is titled 'unmei' and brings eight compositions that mark the ... read more

Brian Owen - Unmei
by Rick Holland, JazzRadio247.com

Brian Owen is a 23 year old trumpet artist from Seattle, Washington. Not only is he a gifted soloist, by a fine composer in his own right. In fact Unmei is a very intriguing compositional debut for such a young artist. The compositions on this ... read more

Lary Barilleau & The Latin Jazz Collective - Carmen's Mambo
by Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

Lary Barilleau is more than a percussionist; he is a veritable percussion colourist who wields sticks and mallets and brushes dipped and splayed into an enormous palette of tints and shades. This is evident throughout his record, Carmenís Mambo ... read more

Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra - Meeting of the Waters
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

The "almost all" women's orchestra - a few brass players, the drummer and musical director are guys - draws upon a cadre of 29 musicians who live, work and perform in the Seattle area. They utilize a standard 17-piece unit for this album and their ... read more

Chris Amemiya & Jazz Coalescence - In the Rain Shadow
by Michael G. Nastos, Cadence

The Origin/OA2 labels consistently present solid mainstream bop oriented jazz, and this disc from trombonist Chris Amemiya - his first as a leader - certainly fills the bill. Itís an enjoyable program of melodic and for the most part hard swinging ... read more

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