OA2 Records Reviews



Nathan Eklund Group - Coin Flip
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

As Nathan Eklund rolls through a set of original compositions with a strong band from the New York scene, the trumpeter's fourth album does a fine job of melding eras of jazz. While the compositions are all new, the playing suggests two time periods simultaneously ? the focus on technique of contemporary instrumental jazz, and the virtuosity and power of the classic jazz era. The result is something of a modern post-bop. Pieces like "Happy's... read more

Sara Leib - Secret Love
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

And sometimes everything lines up just right. Matt Pierson found a bunch of contemporary swingers eager to kick it out behind a fresh new vocalist looking to really kick it out for her second album. The result is a dandy, straight up jazz vocal date that's hard to resist. There's nothing about these classic numbers from different quadrants that's done by the numbers. Leib is a smart new vocalist whose arrival is overdue. Check it out.... read more

Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever
by Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics

Daria has reimagined Lennon/McCartney songs, giving them jazz twists and often utilizing bossa nova or Afro-Cuban rhythms. Approach the project with open minds and ears and the results will be rewarding. The tunes take on an entirely different feel. The vibrant, inventive vocalist gives "Can't Buy Me Love" a very cool sound. "The Fool On The Hill" is impeccably arranged. "Helter Skelter" really cooks. "She's Going Home" is a moving ballad, as is... read more

Adam Shulman - Here/There
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Do you miss the sounds of vintage Blue Note albums by the likes of The Jazz Messengers? Fear not-pianist Adam Shulman sounds like a hard bop oasis as he brings together Mike Olmos/tp, Patrick Wolff/as, Rob Roth/ts, John Wiitala/b and Smith Dobson/dr for a wonderfully hard hitting and swinging session. The three horn front line sound like bridled stallions on the charging "Grant and Green" and swagger well on "Pearl and Bruno." The minor blues... read more

Mason Razavi - Quartet Plus, Volume 2
by Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

Guitarist and composer Mason Razavi has put together a very interesting program on his latest album. The first five tracks are straight-ahead quartet recordings (with the exception of the fusion-inflected "With the Wind at My Back"), while the second half of the album consists of pieces arranged for a nonet that sounds like a big band. I assume that the horn charts were arranged by Razavi as well as based on his melody lines, and they're... read more

Kyle Asche Organ Trio - The Hook Up
by Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine, March/April 2006

One name on the Chicago jazz scene that's gotten a lot of recognition in the last couple of years is that of Kyle Asche. A superb guitarist with a nice tone and great command of his instrument, those of us in the know have seen his name float around for a while now. Now he has the chance to get his name out to a wider audience with a new album out on OA2 records called The Hook Up.
The Hook Up is an organ trio date with the fabulous Pete... read more

Rich Pellegrin - Episodes IV-VI
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist Rich Pellegrin leads a flexible band of R. Scott Morning/tp, Neil Welch/ts, Evan Flory-Barnes/b and Chris Icasiano/dr through the second volume of a "Three Part Odyssey" trilogy. Two of the tree "Episodes" have two parts, which means they have similar themes produced by the rhythm team, but the horns take them into different directions. "Intention" and "Affirmation" of the first Episode has an attractive groove that features the horns... read more

Gustavo Cortinas - Esse
by Luis Jesús Galindo Cáceres, Contratiempo Jazz (Mexico)

Translated from Spanish: Mexican jazz has a side that associates with the territory, Mexico, another that relates to the origin of the musician, the Mexican jazz. Between the two lines of construction of a possible concept the relationships are multiple, there are musicians born in other countries who work and develop their projects in Mexico, there are Mexican musicians who for different circumstances live and create their music in... read more

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