Origin Records Reviews

Sarah Partridge - Bright Lights and Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
by Music News Desk, Broadway Music World

On the night of May 11th, at the legendary "Bitter End" rock club in New York City, jazz vocalist Sarah Partridge debuted songs from her new album, "Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian" to rave reviews. A month of her performance, and the album is still receiving acclaim for listeners and and fellow artists across the country.

Partridge's album, released by Origin Records, is a reimagination of 11 of Janis Ian's songs. In addition,... read more

Bill Anschell - Figments
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

One of the more prolific exponents of the Northwest jazz sound, pianist Bill Anschell has figured in any number of excellent recordings, both as a bandleader and as an accompanist. In Figments, he takes a turn at solo piano, running through songs from pop, jazz, and the American songbook and reworking them into wandering (he describes it as stream of consciousness) arrangements that sometimes provide jazz underpinnings for classic pop, and... read more

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Wonderful!
by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

It's always amusing when a jazz snob claims that jazz and classical are the only legitimate forms of music and that popular culture, past and present, has no artistic value whatsoever. Typically, those who make such ludicrous statements will turn around and sing the praises of The Great American Songbook, meaning prolific Tin Pan Alley pop composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harry Warren and Cole Porter; in other words, they are... read more

Walt Blanton Tony Branco John Nasshan - Monuments
by Forrest Dylan Bryant, JazzTimes, July/August 2008

Listeners who associate the concept of free improvisation with harsh chaos or impenetrable obscurity will be pleasantly surprised by this Las Vegas-based trio, which wanders amiably through seven open-ended yet even-tempered pieces. This grounding is largely due to drummer Johhn Nasshan, who sticks closely to bop-based rhythms and keeps even the knottiest excursions in the pocket. Branco's piano pulls in the opposite direction, with deep... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by Josef Woodard, The Santa Barbara Independent

Bobby Broom: Bobby Broom Plays for Monk (Origin). An engaging and cliché-dodging "mainstream" jazz guitarist, Broom lately has been bursting forth more under his own name, after years in Sonny's sidelight. On Plays for Monk, Broom expertly addresses the dearth of thinking guitarists bringing lively voices to the classic, quirky Monk... read more

Upper Left Trio - Sell Your Soul Side
by Dr. Mike, Radioio.com

... there is a new group coming onto the jazz scene... fans of e.s.t. and the bad plus are going to enjoy this trio from portland oregon. they are called upper left trio and their new release, out january 17th, is entitled 'sell your soul side'... our pick of the week on radioioJAZZ...

... the upper left trio consists of clay giberson (piano); jeff leonard (basses); and charlie doggett (drums). this cd is the follow up to their 2003 release... read more

Dave Glenn - National Pastime
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

One month of watching 18 baseball games in six cities created the inspiration for Dave Glenn to write eight pieces for this sextet. The title tune depicts the feeling of anticipation on entering a stadium: the smell of beer and hot dogs, etc. Other tunes pay tribute to baseball heroes like Roberto Clemente or Hank Aaron, while still others express, as ABC used to say, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Dave Scott's trumpet and Rich... read more

Pharez Whitted - For the People
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Indianapolis-born trumpeter Pharez Whitted has kept a low profile in the new millennium. He's busied himself with teaching, attending to his duties as Director of Jazz Studies at Chicago State University, performing live and appearing as a sideman on a scant number of under-the-radar albums, but none of this has helped to boost his reputation beyond his Midwestern home base. His fourteen year silence between Mysterious Cargo (Motown, 1996) and... read more

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