OA2 Records Reviews

Ben Winkelman Trio - The Knife
by Owen McKern, PBS, Victoria, Australia

For any who had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Ben Winkelman perform in and around Melbourne in the early 2000's it would seem inevitable that he'd uproot and move himself to jazz music's epicenter in New York. It was equally obvious that Winkelman's composition and approach would continue to draw from myriad stylistic and cultural stimuli rather than simply following the straight piano/bass/drums tradition.

For this latest Ben Winkelman... read more

Gordon Lee - This Path
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

It's strictly one man's opinion, but I've always considered Portland's Lee to be a pianist rooted in the jazz art, but one open to a multitude of influences and musical colors which compliment his considerable stature in jazz. On his second CD for the Seattle-based OA2 label, Lee explores seven original compositions and five selections from other sources. Two distinct trios of esteemed Portland resident musicians give Lee outstanding support.... read more

Greg Duncan Quintet - Unveiled
by Grego Applegate Edwards, Cadence, Oct-Nov 2007

Trumpeter Greg Duncan works and resides in Chicago and received his Masters at North Texas State. With a prominent middle range and occasional climbs to the mid-upper registers, Duncan's playing most often reminds of early- to mid-period Miles, certainly in sound if not always in terms of phrases. On his first CD there are six
originals. All reflect in essence the sensibility of the 1965 Miles-Shorter compositional sound, although there are... read more

Ben Paterson - Breathing Space
by Dick Crockett, Bop 'n Dick's 10 Picks

A young trio from Chicago jams to the jazz classics. Ben Paterson has that classic style with his own style, imbued with Chicago jazz lore. Reflections of Oscar Peterson as in ?Whisper Not ,? Other ethers from this group, musings of Junior Mance and Wynton Kelly.
The rest of the trio John Deitemyer, drums and Jake Vinsel, bass are proactive and fiesty on ?Alice In Wonderland.? Listen to this, then to the roots and understand this is where the... read more

George Mitchell - Play Zone
by Lynn Darroch, Oregonian

George Mitchell's versatility shows on CD 'Play Zone'

"That's the kind of musician I aspire to be," says George Mitchell. "Somebody who does a variety of things."

So there is a lot of variety on Mitchell's new CD, "Play Zone." A Portland native, the keyboard player and composer has toured with pop diva Diana Ross for 20 years. But when he's in town, about nine months of the year, Mitchell performs nightly with various jazz groups,... read more

Josh Moshier & Mike Lebrun - Joy Not Jaded
by Philip Davia, Chicago Jazz Magazine

This new recording, which features all new compositions by highly talented musician/composers Josh Moshier and Mike Lebrun, opens with "Kings Road." The piano figure is mysterious and sparse and there is great use of space and rhythm in this piece. At certain points it has a very hip, avant-garde feel.

"Jambo" features a playful melody performed beautifully with the whole band playing part. Guest guitarist John Moulder plays a perfectly... read more

Alex Goodman - Border Crossing
by , Song Writing Magazine

For this week's Monday exclusive we have a treat for the jazz lovers, as Toronto-based guitarist Alex Goodman kindly shares the first track from his forthcoming album Border Crossing with Songwriting readers.

Goodman graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Jazz Performance, after which he completed a Master's programme at the Manhattan School of Music. He has released four albums as a band leader and has over 100 original... read more

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Two
by Phillip McNally, Cadence Magazine

On (1) the piano is replaced with guitar, and Aaron Lington in the "tenor chair" is sporting a baritone. He's got a rude, rich sound on the instrument that plays well off the delicacy of the rest of the 5tet. The heart of the recording is "The Ravenspurn Collection," a suite of six English folk tunes arranged anew by trumpeter Paul Tynan. This suite is based on Ralph Vaughan Williams's composition "Six Studies in English Folksong for Cello and... read more

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