OA2 Records Reviews

Idit Shner - Tuesday's Blues
by Matt Cibula, e.music.com

Listen to this debut album from Israeli saxophonist Idit Shner and one thing leaps out at you: the muscularity. Shner's tone is strong and confident, whether she is stating a melody or busting out alone. On "Yellow Moon," the opener, her solo is ... read more

Gordon Lee and the Gleeful Big Band - Flying Dream
by Tim Duroche, Willamette Week

Big bands (and good ones at that) are rare these days. This release, Lee's first foray into large band work, is a delectable entry equally indebted to the modern big bands of Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer or Maria Schneider and modern ... read more

Mark Buselli - Untold Stories
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Ah! The hard bop quintet! The apotheosis of modern jazz is well represented here under the hands of leader/trumpeter Mark Buselli and his team of Danny Walsh/sax, Steve Allee/p, Jeremy/b and Steve Houghton/dr. The tunes are composed by either Allee ... read more

Ben Neuman - Introductions
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Jazz pianist Ben Neuman's recording debut as a leader is hardly a typical affair, as he doesn't merely focus on showing off his formidable chops or stick to the all-too-typical program of nothing but originals. Instead, his sessions with veterans ... read more

Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra - What Did You Dream?
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Society

Big bands may be a rarity as a professional touring concept, but in the university setting they thrive, thanks to exceptional teachers like Gailey, from the University of Kansas. Gailey's compositions and arrangements for this group, made up of ... read more

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