Origin Records Reviews

Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Boston-born singer Sarah Partridge didn't start out a singer. She started out as an actor (you can see her opposite of Tom Cruise in Risky Business (Warner Brothers, 1983)) who took the Karaoke stage one night and got noticed by the right ears and five recordings later the rest is history. Where her previous recording, Perspective (Self Produced, 2010) was an intimate, piano-voice affair of standards, the present I Never Thought I'd Be Here is... read more

Piet Verbist - Zygomatik
by John Barron, The Jazz Word

From the opening notes of the rocked-up opener "PMS Alert!," Zygomatik is unquestionably a bass player-led recording. The heavy grooves of Piet Verbist's upright set the pace for much of this disc steeped in odd-metered funk with soulful harmonic hooks. The Belgian bassist/composer conjures up a vibe reminiscent of the early fusion-era at its best. Slow burning solo vamps boil over with unexpected climatic turns on the standout pieces "La... read more

Dawn Clement - Tandem
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Dawn Clement both sings and plays a Monk styled piano on this post-bop session with a rotating team of Matt Wilson/dr, Michael Glynn/b, Julian Priester/tb, Jonaye Kendrick/voc-harm, and Mark Wilson/as. She gets nice and quirky with Priester on "Blues for Wayne" and a free form "Improvisation #3" while Taylor's sax gets angular on "Ablution." As far as vocal prowess goes, she gets loungy and dreamy with Kenrick on "I Think of You" and ethereal... read more

Zem Audu - Spirits
by S. Victor Aaron, Something Else

Many of the more progressive jazz types these days boast diverse ethnic/world music bonafides that they creatively infuse into their music that broadens the jazz vernacular. Saxophonist Zem Audu 's brand of jazz is internationally flavored, too, but he didn't get that way out of mere curiosity; he's lived that kind of life.

Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Audu made his way to the jazz epicenter New York seven years ago. Along the... read more

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters - Imaginary Sketches
by Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther, Jazz Halo (Belgium)

The pianist Bram Weijters we have already presented at Jazz Halo with other albums - see information. He is part of a young generation of promising Belgian jazz musician. Among the recent projects in which he has participated include Dez Mona, Hamster Axis of the One-Click Panther, Koen Nys Quintet, Fables of Fungus and his own Bram Weijters Trio. For the composed specially for the current album quartet Bram Weijters has surrounded with... read more

Doug Beavers Orchestra - Jazz, Baby!
by Stefan Sheppard, Zooglobble

All 10 songs here are traditional ("Twinkle Twinkle," "Shortnin' Bread," "Working' On the Railroad"), and the vocals take center stage. If there is any difference it's that the arrangements are stronger, with strong versions of "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" that take full-advantage of a 20+ member big band being two highlights. "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" is done in a fun cha-cha style. It's a polished recording, and while... read more

Thomas Marriott - Romance Language
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Showing once again that his trumpet has one of the clearest, cleanest tones extant, Marriott fearlessly changes course again showing yet another facet to his interests and chops. A reminder of just how nice this can sound when played far from the maddening crowd, Marriott and producer Joe Locke raise their flag and ask 'who needs majors?' if you want to make music that needs to be heard without notes from consultants that can't play. A... read more

speak - Speak
by Peter Walton, Earshot Jazz

A good deal of excitement surrounded Speak in the year preceding the release of their self-titled debut. The quintet's growth has been fascinating to watch, and having now released an album commensurate with their talents, it would not be surprising for 2010 to be a big year for the ensemble.

Featuring saxophonist Andrew Swanson, trumpeter Cuong Vu, bassist Luke Bergman, keyboardist Aaron Otheim, and percussionist Chris Icasiano, Speak... read more

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