Origin Records Reviews

Jessica Williams - Freedom Trane
by Tom Ineck, Berman Music

Ever since the death of John Coltrane more than 40 years ago, jazz musicians of every ilk have attempted to get at the core of his sound, the key to its immutable power and transcendent spirit. Aside from Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner, perhaps Jessica Williams on Freedom Trane comes as close to the source as a piano player is likely to get.

Four of the eight tunes come from the Coltrane songbook, but the other half were written by... read more

Jeff Johnson - Tall Stranger
by Susan Frances, JazzTimes

Tall Stranger is the fourth release from bassist Jeff Johnson as a bandleader and improvisational artist. Recorded on May 31, 2002 at the Cat House in Seattle, Washington, Johnson along with saxophonist Hans Teuber and drummer Billy Mintz create a free flowing exchange of musical ideas that traverse a wide array of eclectic-clad composites. The trio displays a boundless imagination which transforms their instrumentals into various shapes and... read more

Geof Bradfield - Our Roots
by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield long has been drawn to the music of Lead Belly, and a while ago he got to do something about it. Invited by impresario Chris Anderson to pick a favorite album and perform its music at the Fulton Street Collective, Bradfield chose saxophonist Clifford Jordan's homage to Lead Belly, "These Are My Roots." But Bradfield felt free to reimagine the work according to his own tastes, the venture inspiring him to... read more

Bad Luck - Four
by Dave Segal, The Stranger

Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Bitches Brew-like Zoner "Four" by Seattle Jazz Duo Bad Luck

Bad Luck, "Four" (Origin). Seattle duo Bad Luck—saxophonist/loop manipulator Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano—have been making jazz fiery again over the last few years. They generate a lot of heat and fury for two people, and their live performances have been whirlwinds of inventive energy and technical mastery—chaos harnessed to... read more

Richard Sussman - Continuum
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

When CDs contain mostly or exclusively original music, I look for one primary characteristic. If I can't find it, the CD is usually not a prime candidate for review. It's as simple as...a well-defined melody. If that's old-fashioned, so be it. But I lose my sense of direction when I can't discern a melody as a foundation for the improvisation which follows. I know nothing of Richard Sussman other than he's probably a New Yorker (judging from the... read more

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra - Refractions
by John Killoch, Mainly Big Bands

I had heard comments to the effect that this particular compact disc was confirming Kim Richmond's place as the new Stan Kenton. With this thought in mind and remembering seeing and hearing the concert jazz orchestra in concert, and on the debut CD, I played the disc for the first time. I must admit that I wanted to hear the Kim Richmond I knew. This meant the music should be eloquent, clich free, teasing me with gorgeous lyrical lines, complex... read more

Roxy Coss - Restless Idealism
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

4-STARS Upcoming saxophonist Roxy Coss opens her splendid Origin Records debut, Restless Idealism with a traditional approach on her original tune, "Don't Cross the Coss." It's a happy and assertive sound, and when she takes her first solo, her and robust tone bring Coleman Hawkins comes to mind. Coss and her band, churning along on a well-lubricated drive train of a terrific rhythm section, know how to open show - feet are tapping... read more

Bobby Broom - Song And Dance
by D. Oscar Groomes, OsPlaceJazz.com

O's Notes: Bobby takes us for a trip down memory lane with Song and Dance. He starts off cooking on "Can't Buy Me Love" but also includes some warm tracks like "Where Is The Love" and Wichita Lineman". He jazzed up the tune from the Little Rascals and I was dreaming of Darla! But our favorites were the burners like "Smile" and his mysterious arrangement of "You And The Night And The... read more

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