OA2 Records Reviews



Tom Tallitsch - Perspective
by JazzTimes, JazzTimes

Sleeper CD of the Week: Tom Tallitsch's Perspective on OA2. Great sounding post-bop session from the Philadelphia-based... read more

Jeff Baker - Baker Sings Chet
by Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide

Baker Sings Chet is the debut album from Jeff Baker, a Boise native that generally sings the choir and club circuits of the area. It's also a clever little play on Chet Baker's debut album title, Chet Baker Sings. The songs presented are all items that were associated with Chet Baker's repertoire over the years, with his classics all here to be heard. The musicians, aside from Baker, are largely veterans from the Origin Records stables, with Rob... read more

Juli Wood - Synkka Metsa
by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

Wow, what a cool recording. Based on Finnish folk songs, but delivered with a post-hard bop style that sounds equally solemn and tuneful. Tenor saxophonist Wood's quartet flirts with a spiritual jazz sound, but the deep swing of the rhythm section and the earthy blues of Alejandro Urzagaste's guitar gives it more of a Tristano-style cool jazz sound. A real magnetic personality to this recording, which should appeal to both old-school and... read more

Chris Parker - Late in Lisbon
by Javier Antonio QuiĎones Ortiz, Jazz Review

Pianist Chris Parker wrote all ten compositions on Late in Lisbon, incorporating a contemporary sounding ╚lan with high ended sonic textures provided by violinist Rob Thomas and saxist Peter Epstein on alto & soprano. The latter two have finely honed chops with untraceable sonic personalities, giving the date its singular aural character. The record manages to swing from a Latinized jam opener ˝where everyone but anchorman Tony Marino solos his... read more

Budman / Levy Orchestra - From There To Here
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

This Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra has helped showcase the area's younger jazz musicians since its formation in 2007. On this recording, the BLO presents nine compositions by co-leader, arranger and trombonist Jeremy Levy, and two additional pieces. There is compelling writing and musicianship here, and it will be interesting to follow the progress of this sound and solid ensemble. A note of interest is the presence of the always invigorating... read more

Carrie Wicks - Maybe
by Carol Banks Weber, AXS

In a city with so many jazz singers, Carrie Wicks somehow manages to stand out. Seattle's Wicks doesn't do a whole lot of gigs or albums. But what she does is concentrated and sure, a heady mix of unorthodox, intelligently chosen covers and deeply wrought originals - wrapped in an unlikely package of quiet solitude. That is, until she steps up to the microphone.

As equal a songwriter as she is a musician's singer, Wicks quietly presents a... read more

Gordon Lee - This Path
by John Henry, Audiophile Audition

Lee is a respected Portland, OR pianist, composer, arranger and music educator. He's performed around the world and with some of the top names in jazz. His diverse expertise covers avant-garde, symphonic, fusion and big band. The many different influences result in an extremely diverse collection of a dozen tracks which he has composed or arranged. The "Lakota Song" and "Sitting Bull's Revenge" reminded me of a memorable evening Lee... read more

Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever
by Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

Daria, a delightful singer from Northern California who in the past has explored a combination of jazz and World Music in addition to touring as a backup singer for the late Dan Hicks, recently released a CD on the Origin label (Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs By The Beatles) of her versions of Beatles songs.

However it was obvious from the beginning of her performance at Vitello's E-Spot Lounge that her interpretations are "reimagined" and... read more

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