OA2 Records Reviews

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

Liam Sillery - Priorite
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Still exploring his sound with a strong quintet, trumpeter Liam Sillery is a long way off from his days with the California sound of the Acoustic Jazz Quartet. On Priorité, Sillery combines with his stalwart troupe for a solid session of post-bop, no modifications needed. While Sillery himself tends to take the lead solo in most places, flights of fancy that can show both speed and power, there's ample time given to the rest of the ensemble --... read more

Nelda Swiggett - This Time
by Dick Crockett, Bopndicks 10 Picks

Seattle-based pianist Nelda Swiggett has a bright smooth swinging quality to her mainstream approach and a minimalist almost bare knuckles attitude. Her key strokes are bold and assertive, as if she knows exactly the direction of her music. And you feel it, directional-determined and cool. She has written all original compositions and three with lyrics. Her vocals are care free and warm, juxtaposed to her driving style on piano. She's been... read more

Liam Sillery Quintet - Minor Changes
by Forrest Dylan Bryant, FoJazz

Every once in a while an album like this crosses my path: on a small label, with a bunch of people I've never heard of. Generic-sounding song titles. An unassuming cover, neither garishly amateur nor slick. At first glance, completely forgettable. But then I put it in the CD player, and it's immediately gratifying -- both familiar and vibrantly fresh.

Although Sillery plays trumpet and flugelhorn, his primary influence is tenor saxophonist... read more

Raul Agraz - Between Brothers
by Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

Raul Agraz's Between Brothers is welcome companion to his other releases. But more than that, it is an essential part of the growing trumpet repertoire on the sheer strength of these performances. In fact, I would go even further and say that there are few musicians who appear more steeped in their worlds than Raul Agraz. On evidence committed to disc here, one senses that the pure instrumental vein and gorgeous orchestrations free his... read more

Danny Green - After the Calm
by Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz

There are hundreds of fine piano trios that dot the landscape across the country, most are not memorable and have the staying power of chewing gum. The Danny Green Trio continues to show exponential growth and Green is a talent that is as technically gifted as he is artistically brilliant.

Ah the piano trio, improvisation's musical answer to "Where's Waldo?" Granted when one has literature that runs from Bud Powell to Bill Evans... read more

Svetlana and the Delancey Five - Night At The Speakeasy
by Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite Magazine

Downtown in New York City and right behind Ratner's Deli on Delancey Street is one of two remaining Manhattan speakeasies still operating from the days of prohibition, The Back Room, on Norfolk Street. It is said that gangsters Meyer Lansky [1902-1983] and Charles "Lucky" Luciano [1897-1962] used to hang out there. Its house band for the past three years has been Svetlana & The Delancey Five. If you can't make the scene, you can hear them... read more

Gordon Lee with the Mel Brown Septet - Tuesday Night
by Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound

The album's title refers to the weekly show this septet has been performing at Portland's Jimmy Mak's club since 1998, and the music displays both the chemistry developed over that time as well as the vivid energy of being there for the performance. Music that embraces the hard bop spirit of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers even during those moments when it channels a tune through a modern post-bop perspective. Along with pianist & composer and... read more

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