Origin Records Reviews

Bobby Broom - Upper West Side Story
by Dan Healy, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Although Bobby Broom has been a mainstay as one of the great modern guitarists in the Chicago scene for many years, he pays tribute to his upbringing in Harlem with his new disc, Upper West Side Story. The recording is Broom?s first that features all original compositions, as performed by some of the finest modern musicians in Chicago, including Dennis Carroll on bass, as well as Kobie Watkins and Makaya McCraven alternating on... read more

Josh Nelson - Exploring Mars
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

4-STARS - Exploring Mars is fueled by a love of science fiction, intellectual inquisitiveness, and musical inventiveness of the highest order. Pianist Josh Nelson, initially inspired by the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in the summer of 2012, put together a project that's musically expansive and wholly unique: It's safe to say that he's the first person to tie together author Ray Bradbury's writings, original music that... read more

Les DeMerle - Comin' Home Baby
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Nominally under drummer/vocalist Les DeMerle's brand, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, brings to DeMerle's infectious brand of jazz that necessary feminine vector. The repertoire on Comin' Home Baby is tried-and-true, well performed, and perfectly satisfying, as have been all similar DeMerle releases. Eisele proves equally capable on the up-tempo tunes ("Day In Day Out" and "I Love Being Here with You") as on the ballads ("The Nearness of You"... read more

Brent Jensen / Bill Anschell / Chris Symer - Blueprints
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Since Bill Anschell moved from Atlanta to the Pacific Northwest, he's had many recording opportunities as a result of the busy jazz scene in the area. One result was his working relationship with saxophonist Brent Jensen, with whom he had recorded an earlier duo CD (We Couldn't Agree More) and a quartet session (One More Time). To find a different approach for this session, they invited bassist Chris Symer, who not only brings great chops but... read more

Marcos Varela - San Ygnacio
by Britt Robson, JazzTimes

Houston keeps churning out stellar jazz artists. One of the latest, and brightest, is bassist Marcos Varela, who is talented enough to have been mentored by Ron Carter and employed by Billy Hart and Clifton Anderson during his dozen years in New York, smart enough to enlist drummer Hart, trombonist Anderson and pianist George Cables to play on San Ygnacio, and confident enough to forge his own identity on this remarkable debut.

Hart and... read more

Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
by Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition

Musical storytelling which mixes compositional originality with instrumental brilliance. Stepping outside one's comfort zone is a time-honored tradition in jazz. Pianist Florian Hoefner - born and raised in Germany and who finished his jazz education in Manhattan - took that journey a bit further than most. In 2014, he relocated from NYC to the isolated city of St. John's in Canada's farthest easterly province, Newfoundland. Not a... read more

Scenes - Rinnova
by Stuart Kremsky, Cadence

Considerably absorbing is the second album by a trio of guitarist Stowell, bassist Johnson, and drummer Bishop. They've been gigging as a unit for over nine years, and their rapport has reached an enviable tightness. Dynamically astute and rhythmically sensitive, this is very satisfying music, the kind of interactive Jazz that doesn't hit you over the head as much as insinuate itself into your consciousness.

The majority of the tunes are by... read more

Todd Bishop Pop Art 4 - 69 Annee Erotique: Music of Serge Gainsbourg
by Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Origin Records strikes again with another outstanding disc, this time from drummer Todd Bishop and an outstanding group playing the music of Serge Gainsbourg. I have to admit, I hadn't a clue who Serge Gainsbourg was, prior to seeing this disc make its way across my desk. Of course, curiosity got the best of me and I had to check out Gainsbourg's music to hear these songs straight from the source. What I heard was charming and familiar on a... read more

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