OA2 Records Reviews

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings - One Day It Will
by Doug Collette, All About Jazz

In a practical execution of the action foreshadowed in its title, restrained use of orchestration on One Day It Will makes this album work. Hardly awash in strings, the pianist and his trio's pithy musicianship is instead accentuated with its lush surroundings, so much so that, while their improvisations might sound hemmed in, the lavish arrangements spur them on. In turn, no matter the length or tone of tracks such as "Time Lapse to Fall,"... 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. With a couple of Seattle trios led by pianists Randy Haberstadt and Darin Clendenin,
Pettis works comfortably on 11... read more

Tom Tallitsch - Perspective
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

Tallitsch is a Philadelphia-based saxophonist with a sound that shows both restraint and passion. His tunes are modern jazz through and through, not adhering to genre or style in any significant fashion. The tune ?Conscious Contact? is an introspective minor melody that lets Tallitsch's soprano speak in cohesion with his group. Piano, guitar, bass, drums and reeds build to a crescendo, and Tallitsch doesn?t let loose until the tune is good and... read more

George Cotsirilos - Past Present
by John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine

Veteran jazz guitarist Cotsirilos' latest record is a swinging set driven by his considerable chops and skill at composing and interpreting music. Hie bandmates, Robb Fisher (bass) and Ron Marabuto (drums), are the perfect match with their ability to follow their leader's moves.

On "Good Wood," Cotsirilos mixes chords and single notes to state the jumping melody. Like many of the songs here, it's a swingfest. The style also dominates on... read more

Chamber 3 - Transatlantic
by Paul Rauch, All About Jazz

Chamber 3 began as a trio effort started by German guitarist Christian Eckert, and Seattle based drummer Matt Jorgensen, who forged a friendship while studying at the New School in New York in the early nineties. Over the years, they engaged in many projects and tours together, culminating in this project that includes German tenor saxophonist Steffen Weber. The band added a fourth member in the person of Seattle bassist Phil Sparks for their... read more

Mike Steinel Quintet - Song and Dance
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

We don't get to hear from the Lab Band teachers as often as we hear from the students, but this is one of the places the kids get it from. With four decades of big band charts under his belt, Steinel opts to go combo here with the music doing the talking for most of the set. Tasty playing that seems like effortless jamming, this is almost a busman's holiday set except the underlying vibe is so tight and right on that you're in good hands... read more

Hashem Assadullahi - Pieces
by Elliott Simon, New York City Jazz Record

Guitarist Justin Morell’s raga-informed intro on CD opener “Prized Possession” entreats the listener to get on board this somewhat disjointed but compositionally intricate session from saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi. Trumpeter Ron Miles’ luxuriant tone melds with Morell’s spaciousness before Assadullahi leads the sextet into various collectively inspired realms. Aptly named Pieces, things evolve and devolve into songs about lots of different... read more

Raul Agraz - Between Brothers
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Venezuelan-born and classically trained trumpeter Raul Agraz makes an impressive North American debut with Between Brothers, a vibrant album of Latin-oriented jazz whose harmonic and rhythmic quotients are about as strong and steady as one could wish. As is the case in other contexts these days, the term "brothers" is presumably used in a metaphorical sense, as there appear to be no biological brothers among Agraz's ever-changing group of... read more

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