OA2 Records Reviews

George Cotsirilos - Past Present
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

I'm always a bit wary of guitar albums. Will a jazz guitarist really show up? Certainly one did in George Cotsirilos. He plays gimmick-free guitar, and his trio, with Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums, cooks up several nicely conceived ... read more

Gail Pettis - Here in the Moment
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

Seattle singer Gail Pettis has released her second CD for OA2, and it's another winner! I love her singing because she's a natural who doesn?t go over the top with unnecessary fluff. She's blessed with a great voice and lets that voice do its thing. ... read more

Vince Norman / Joe McCarthy Big Band - Bright Future
by BradWalseth, Jazz Chicago

This Washington D.C. big band will knock you out right off the bat as opening composition "Knight for a Day (Dragon's Demise)" features an ample horn section blasting out of the speakers. With an exciting arrangement that hints at some of Gil Evans' ... read more

Fred Forney - Chasing Horizons
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

Fred Forney, a "first call" trumpeter for touring artists who perform in Phoenix, also has recorded a number of albums with musicians who live and work in that area. He's supported here by tenor saxman Brice Winston, pianist Chuck Marohnic, bassist ... read more

Jim Olsen - We See Stars
by Ric Bang, Jazz Scan

Even though Jim Olsen lives and works in my neck of the woods, I wasn't the least bit familiar with him. He plays flute and sax, composes and arranges, and has been doing so for more than 30 years. He has been associated with the Eastman School of ... read more

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