Origin Records Reviews

Lorin Cohen - Home
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

4-STARS What's "home?" Is it where somebody's born and raised? Is it where a person resides at a given time? Or is it any place where an individual finds a high level of comfort, joy, and possibility? For Lorin Cohen, it's all three. This talented bassist-composer makes that fact plainly apparent on this, his leader debut.

With Home, Cohen pays tribute to the city that fostered his musical growth and development through... read more

Pharez Whitted - For the People
by Robert Ratajczak, LongPlay: RadioJAZZ - Poland

Known for his work with musicians such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Elvin Jones, Ari Brown, John Mellencamp, Ramsey Lewis or The Temptations - American trumpeter, composer and producer Pharez Whitted's new release is the fourth album branded under his own name.

Following the huge success of his previous album (''Transient Journey'', in 2010) - nominated for the prestigious Independent Music Awards in the... read more

John Stowell - The Banff Sessions
by A Fan, reviewindex.com

A fantastic CD from a great artist!

John Stowell is not only a great guitar player, he is one of the few unique voices in jazz today. He has a style that is instantly recognizable, and plays with very intense feeling and emotion. The sad fact is that John has been playing to this great level of musicianship for at least 25 years, yet is known to only a small number of people. John is best in small group situations, solo, duo, or trio, where... read more

Thomas Marriott - Constraints & Liberations
by Tom Ineck, Berman Music

If it were not for Origin Records, many of the wonderful jazz players of the Pacific Northwest would be unknown to those of us out here in the hinterlands. Among the most creative of these is trumpeter Thomas Marriott, a Seattle native who has had five releases as leader on Origin in the last six years. Constraints & Liberations is the latest, and it may be the best yet.

This time Marriott concentrates on his own compositions,... read more

Mimi Fox - This Bird Still Flies
by Howard Mandel, Downbeat

4-STARS Proving she has nothing to prove on This Bird Still Flies, meticulous Bay Area guitarist Mimi Fox uses her 11th recording as leader or co-leader to showcase her utter mastery of the acoustic instrument. Mixing five originals with standards, Beatles songs and a national ode, the 62-year-old guitarists' guitarist here takes care to let every nuance of fingerwork and dynamic control shine.

"Get Away Blues" opens the album... read more

Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald Newnet - I Always Knew
by Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition

5-STARS The history of jazz arrangement is prodigious. Musicians like Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, Marty Paich, Stan Kenton, Terence Blanchard, Michel Legrand, Gerry Mulligan, Don Costa, Nelson Riddle, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw integrated larger ensembles successfully. A wide variety of instruments (often with multiple "same" instruments) built a complex structure and dynamics. Big band arrangements and... read more

John Moulder - Trinity
by Jim Santella, Cadence, December 2006

John Moulder fills "Trinity" with a program of originals that blend contemporary grooves with tradition. His guitar lights fires along the way, as he shares solo space with various guests. Moulder enjoys Smooth Jazz as much as Free Jazz and other creative pursuits. While his focus leans towards ballad interpretation, the session includes implied Blues and surging Rock elements that coax the spirit toward higher ground. Currently serving on the... read more

Scenes - Rinnova
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

The trio Scenes, consisting of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop, had been working together for nearly a decade by the time of their second recording session. Johnson and Bishop are very familiar from working with one another in pianist Hal Galper's trio as well, while Stowell is a refreshing change from guitarists who hog the spotlight with busy solos, opting instead to make ample use of space. Johnson... read more

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