Origin Records Reviews

Corey Christiansen - Roll With It
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

An excellent modern soul-jazz outing, Roll with It marks guitarist Corey Christiansen's second outing as a bandleader, and showcases some outstanding playing by the quartet. The pieces are all straightforward soul-jazz compositions, all from the pen of Christiansen, and all give the players, a motley crew from around the country, room to stretch out on extended solos and a general sense of improvisation. Though the compositions provide a core... read more

David Friesen Circle 3 Trio - Where the Light Falls
by Mark Klafter, Amazon

At the ripe age of 72 David Friesen has achieved a major breakthrough with Where the Light Falls. He is an artist who has labored intensely and compassionately for a lifetime in the jazz harvest, inspiring and teaching many the joys of music, and he is reaping his bounty now. Joined by his Circle 3 Trio mates Greg Goebel on piano and Charlie Doggett on drums with guitarist Larry Koonse on several tracks, Mr. Friesen has been set free to compose... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by Ken Watkins, 100 Greatest Jazz Albums Blog

Bobby Broom, joined by Dennis Carroll (bass) and Kobi Watkins (drums), plays eight Thelonious Monk compositions in this guitar trio take on the great pianist's music.

Jazz musicians have never found it easy to capture the wonder and the eccentricity of Monk's music in any terms other than his own. Yet that has not stopped generations of players from taking on this challenge, so pervasive is his influence as one of the initiators of bop. Many,... read more

Phil Kelly - Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

It's great when a wish comes true.
I previously reviewed an album ("My Museum") by Phil Kelly and the Southwest Santa Ana Winds Big Band, and expressed interest in future "Compass Wind" groups.
Well, here's another, and this ensemble is dubbed the Northwest Prevailing Winds.
Whatever. It's even better than its predecessor.
This is a truly big band of 22 musicians: four trumpets, four trombones, seven reeds and a seven-member rhythm section.... read more

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

David Friesen and Glen Moore - Bactrian
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Both David Friesen and Glen Moore play bass and piano on this collection of duets and solos. Friesen plays a Hemage bass and Moore a regular acoustic one, and they emphasize the rumbling conversations of the strings on the babbling "Still Waters" and the agile "Caravan." Friesen's piano is pensive with Moore on"Soft as Silk" and when the roles are reversed, a bop feel is created on "Kontrast." Quiet and... read more

Hal Galper Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi - Cubist
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

How do you make this trio better? Add Jerry Bergonzi and record them live and in the moment. You think it's going to be sitting down jazz but once the percolator starts perking, you just can't turn it off. A tease and a surprise, this is jazz that engages you and keeps you on board to hear what's coming next. Pros that deliver the goods, this is the hot stuff you are seeking that doesn't play fair and doesn't play by the... read more

Anthony Branker - Beauty Within
by Raul da Gama, JazzDaGama

As a listener, Anthony Branker is no stranger to sound of the heart. As a composer his trained inner ear is always tuned into the rhythms of the heart. It is not that intellect and logic do not play a part in what he writes; it's just that his guiding light from which all music flows is the Almighty and God speaks to all men in the energy of the heart. For Branker his ear is tuned to interpret what's written on the blank slate; the - tabula... read more

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