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

George Colligan - The Endless Mysteries
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist George Colligan has been quietly putting together an impressive catalogue of albums, and this one looks to be his best. It doesn?t hurt that he?s chosen Larry Grenadier/b and Jack DeJohnette/dr to be his stablemates, but the real impressive part here is that these 10 tunes were recorded with a minimum of rehearsal prep. The adroit interplay mixed with the celerity of technique is almost bewildering, and the fact that the music exudes... read more

The Acoustic Jazz Quartet - Organic
by Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide

The sophomore album of jazz from the Acoustic Jazz Quartet that isn't actually acoustic (amps and pickups are used throughout). The pieces are written primarily by Jamie Findlay, the guitarist and devout Baha'I follower. Taking the influence of his religion, a number of the works here are based in some manner upon the Baha'i faith and the celebration of the Bab. The playing itself is perfectly good, with Findlay's guitar pulling through some... read more

Chad McCullough | Michal Vanoucek - The Sky Cries
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Trumpeter Chad McCullough has worked extensively with Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, leading to this studio collaboration. Their music resists labeling due to its wide scope. Accompanied by alto saxophonist Mark Taylor, bassist Dave Captein, and drummer Matt Jorgenson, the co-leaders contributed five originals each for this session. The trumpeter's rambunctious opener, "Where the Sky Cries," blends elements of samba and post-bop. But the CD... read more

Josh Nelson - The Sky Remains
by Sergio Picirilli, El Intrus (Argentina)

La ciudad de Los Angeles se fundó el 4 de septiembre de 1781 y, originalmente, fue bautizada con el singular nombre de El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles del R'o de Porciúncula, en honor a la capilla Santa Mar'a degli Angeli de Porciúncula (Italia) de donde proven'an los primeros misioneros franciscanos en California. Tras la guerra de la independencia, la ciudad pasa a integrar México en 1821, pero en 1848 -según lo pactado... read more

New Stories - Hope is in the Air
by Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

This Elmo Hope revival project exudes class. It includes cameos by seven guest musicians (most notably producer/trumpeter Don Sickler and alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli), but is defined by New Stories: pianist Marc Seales, bassist Doug Miller and drummer John Bishop, who have constituted the best piano trio in Seattle, Wash., for 17 years.

Elmo Hope composed quirky, beautiful, unforgettable music, now all but lost in the shadows of history.... read more

Richard Sussman - Live at Sweet Rhythm
by Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

Much of the jazz art form in contained in obscure artifacts preserved, against all odds, from the clutches of oblivion. That is the story behind this album, well told in Neil Tesser's liner notes. It goes something like this: In 1978, pianist-composer Richard Sussman made an LP called 'Free Fall' on Inner City. It had an afterlife as a kind of underground classic. Susman's intriguing compositions clearly provoked and inspired trumpeter Tom... read more

Bobby Broom - Upper West Side Story
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

On his first all original composition album, Broom might be celebrating the section of New York where he grew up but he seems very much in touch with his inner Wes Montgomery. Putting his signature style right up front and center, his long time trio have no problem letting the boss strut his stuff proudly. Another dazzling record in a series of dazzling records, Broom is every fret the first call jazzbo guitarist that one can be---and he has... read more

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