OA2 Records Reviews

Joan Hickey - Between The Lines
by Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader

For pianist JOAN HICKEY, the new Between the Lines (on the Seattle imprint OA2 Records) is a triumph of another sort: because the only previous CD under her own name barely got distributed, this will be her debut for most listeners. For me the disc ... read more

The Taylor / Fidyk Big Band - Live At Blues Alley
by Terry OíMahoney, Percussive Notes

The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band, co-led by drummer Steve Fidyk and arranger Mark Taylor, delivers 11 tunes in the style of the late Woody Herman and Thad Jones big bands. Fidyk, drummer for the US Army Blues band, and Taylor, a prolific jazz arranger and ... read more

Gail Pettis - Here in the Moment
by Nicholas Bewsey, ICON

***** Gail Pettis is a singer from the Seattle area who stepped into the jazz spotlight later in her life, only seriously turning to music in 2001 after a professional career. Her self-produced debut, May I Come In? was revelatory?hearing it for ... read more

Dan Cavanagh Jazz Emporium Big Band - Pulse
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Composer / arranger / pianist Dan Cavanagh's inaugural CD, Pulse, begins and ends on an explicit high note. It is what lies between those bookends that gives one pause. There are moments of emergent promise leading to others that are, not to put ... read more

The Vocal Jazz Collective - Redefinition
by Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine

Redefinition is one of those CDs where a group of students, here from the Arts West School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Eagle, Idaho, get to show off their musical talents. In this case the kids are all vocalists who look to be in their ... read more

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