Jorgensen, Marriott and Taylor have a special genius for taking the standard jazz quintet ... and breathing new life into the format.
With a combined 14 albums as leaders, and appearing on dozens more as sidemen, Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen have put a strong stamp on the sound of modern jazz that has come out of Seattle and Origin Records over the last decade. Dialogue, their first release under the group name Human Spirit, features 8 original compositions recorded during a sold-out, two-night run at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle during the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival. Pushing the direction of the band further forward are special guests and frequent collaborators, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Essiet Essiet.
1. In Unity (Matt Jorgensen) 6:37
2. Stepford and Son (Mark Taylor) 11:55
3. Reversal of Fortune (Thomas Marriott) 9:13
4. Song for Samuel (Thomas Marriott) 6:54
5. After Hours (Mark Taylor) 10:03
6. Ridgecrest (Matt Jorgensen) 10:22
7. 148 Lexington (Thomas Marriott) 8:08
8. Pelham Gardens (Thomas Marriott) 6:20
Produced by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen
Recorded live at Tula's Jazz Club during the Earshot Jazz Festival, October 14-15, 2011
Recorded and edited by Don Gunn
Mixed by Vincent LaBelle at BOOM!, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean, DDP, Mercer Island, WA
Cover painting, "Song of Los," by Dale Chisman
courtesy of The Estate of Dale Chisman
Band Photography by Jim Levitt and Daniel Sheehan
Cover design and layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
The three players who now call themselves Human Spirit - drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and alto saxophonist Mark Taylor - have a very successful track record of recording together. They teamed up on Jorgensen's magnificent Tattooed by Passion (2010) and Another Morning (2008), and on Marriott's strange and splendid Crazy: The ...
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
****4-Stars Human Spirit continues to shine, this time in a live setting? Human Spirit is a band headed by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor, and Matt Jorgensen. Jorgensen's previous CD, Tattooed by Passion, was reviewed here in Oct 2011, and was in my top 10 CDs of that year. It was a tribute to his father-in-law, noted painter Dale Chisman. We ...
Jazz Truth (George Colligan)
Human Spirit is a Seattle based jazz group which I have had the pleasure of performing with a handful of times in the past year or so. Their new CD entitled "Dialogue" was recorded during a weekend gig at Tula's (one of the great jazz clubs of Seattle). The core members of the group- drummer Matt Jorgensen, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, and alto sa ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Three of the prime movers of the Origin label sound join forces with two pals for a couple of live dates in Seattle at a local jazz fest that finds them dishing up a nu version of west coast cool for traveling through the new millennium Playing to a polite, sold out crowd that is there for the show, the crew delights and holds the audience in the p ...
Jazz Times (Bill Milkowski)
Trumpeter Thomas Marriott joins alto saxophonist Mark Taylor, pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer (and Origin label head) Matt Jorgensen on this solid, cooperative live album. Marriott and Taylor make a formidable frontline on such modernist fare as Jorgensen's turbulent "Ridgecrest," Marriott's uptempo "Song for Samuel" an ...
Jazz Scan (Ric Bang)
The members of Human Spirit ? a core unit of the many jazz musicians who have made Seattle and the Pacific Northwest their home ? are trumpeter/composer/producer Thomas Marriott, saxophonist Mark Taylor and drummer Matt Jorgensen. Their combined resumes includes 14 albums as leaders and dozens more as sidemen. For this release, they added guests Or ...
Something Else! (Nick DeRiso)
Human Spirit, a newly named Seattle-based jazz group with a lengthy history, offers an old-fashioned guest star-packed blowing session on Dialogue, recorded live at Tula's Jazz Club during Earshot Jazz Festival in October of last year. The band's core trio of trumpeter Thomas Marriott (composer of half of the album's eight tunes), altoist Mar ...
Step Tempest (Richard Kamins)
Seattle, Washington-based trumpeter/composer/blogger Jason Parker highly recommended that I listen to "Dialogue" (Origin Records), the new CD from the trio of trumpeter Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor (alto saxophone) and drummer Matt Jorgensen. It's actually the ensemble's 2nd CD which was released in 2010 in Marriott's name as "Human Spirit. ...
Jazz Perspectives (Tom Hull)
Human Spirit: Dialogue: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival (2011 , Origin): Seattle group, named for recent Thomas Marriott album -- Marriott plays trumpet, Mark Taylor alto sax, and Matt Jorgensen drums, each contributing tunes (Marriott 4 of 8, the others two each), but since that doesn't quite make for a modern postbop band, they added "s ...
Urban Flux (Rob Young)
At a glance, this project has eight pliable originals plus the contributors has fourteen albums among them as leaders and sidemen. Human Spirit is the title from a previous album by trumpeter/composer Thomas Marriott, along with his cohorts Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen serve up an engaging brew of bop-influenced modern jazz also features two gues ...