Origin Records Reviews

George Colligan - The Endless Mysteries
by Nate Chinen, New York Times

One of the finer piano trio albums of 2013 - released too late in the year, or on too small a label, to make a dent in the critics' polls - is George Colligan's The Endless Mysteries. It's a program of original compositions, most of them sensible and sturdy. And because it was recorded in a few hours with no rehearsal, it's the product of rough-and-ready postbop expertise, rather than the lived experience of a steady band.

At... read more

Richard Cole - The Forgotten
by Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

This is tenor saxophonist Richard Cole's second album for the Origin label. Compared with the first outing, The Forgotten sports additional standards plus visits by outstanding artists such as Randy Brecker , Adam Nussbaum, and Joey Calderazzo. Cole is from the school of modern, progressive jazz. On such cuts as "Free Time," one hears the influence of Sonny Rollins with his hard bop and unique thematic improvisations, as well as the hard-driving... read more

George Colligan & Theoretical Planets - Risky Notion
by Ken Micallef, Downbeat

Finally, what with everyone thinking they're as smart as their drummer, some want to become the drummer, as heard on pianist George Colligan & Theoretical Planets' Risky Notion. As Colligan tells it, after recording his 25th album, it was "time for something drastically different." But can Colligan play? Well, can Jack DeJohnette play the piano? Can Chick Corea play the drums? Like these masters, Colligan acquits himself nicely in warm,... read more

Kim Richmond / Clay Jenkins Ensemble - CrossWeave
by Online review, CD Universe

For those not familiar with the Kim Richmond/Clay Jenkins Ensemble, this disc is an excellent introduction into how jazz sounds when the rhythm section is real (non-synth) and the arrangements pull the horns together in a rhythmically complex yet harmonically clean unison that has become the trademark of Kim Richmond's arrangements. "Trouble Shooter" has an almost film-noir Johnny Mandel flavor with a frenetic tension that builds through the... read more

John Moulder - Trinity
by David R. Adler, JazzTimes, December 2006

John Moulder of Chicago spent five years composing the material for his album Trinity. It's an epic three-part program inspired by religious belief, but it can be appreciated on any number of levels. The sound of the recording is tremendous, as are the performances - from such players as pianist Laurence Hobgood, saxophonist Brad Wheeler, trumpeter Tito Carrillo, reedist Paul McCandless, drummer Paul Wertico and others. Moulder spends... read more

Dawn Clement - Tandem
by James Rozzi, Jazziz

On her fifth CD as leader, Seattle-based pianist and vocalist Dawn Clement gives credence to the notion that good music often defies categorization. Ten songs, nine of which are duets, cover a broad range of musical genres, oft conveying several within a single tune.

Clement's vocals are as rural folksy as her piano playing is urban jazzy. The ballad standard "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," occurs during Clement's "mornin'" (she... read more

Scott Burns - Passages
by Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine

With his Origin Records debut CD, Passages, saxophonist Scott Burns has delivered a masterpiece of ingeniously crafted and superbly performed originals. His appealing, intelligent compositions are the perfect showcase for his electrifying energy and sophisticated, sensuous sound. Joined by the Chicago dreamteam of pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas, Scott Burns' Passages is one of the most impressive... read more

Richard Sussman - Live at Sweet Rhythm
by Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

Pianist Sussman was a young player on the NYC loft scene back in the late '70s when he gathered a few of his friends together and made a record. The result was Free Fall, a record that received critical acclaim, but without the financial reward to enable Sussman to keep the band together. The keyboard player ended up teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, writing music for television, work with Hank Jones and even touring with Blood Sweat &... read more

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