Origin Records Reviews

Triocity - I Believe In You
by Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

Rick's Pick Jazz combos without chordal instruments are usually a tough sell for me, but since Jeff Campbell has long been one of my favorite bass players I decided to give this one a spin - and I'm very glad I did. The group consists of Campbell, saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist Charles Pillow, and drummer Rich Thompson, and on this album they play nothing but standards, showing their range by tackling American Songbook ballads... read more

Bobby Broom - The Way I Play: Live In Chicago
by Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press

a no-frills bebop date recorded live at a Chicago-area steakhouse with bassist Dennis Carroll and snappy drummer Kobie Watkins. Best known for his long tenure with Sonny Rollins, Broom's solos have a soulful and bluesy bite, a gritty bob and weave as his lines snake through the harmony. There's nothing complicated to the eight standards here, and in some ways the record is woefully under-produced.

But casualness is the point. This is what... read more

David Friesen Circle 3 Trio - Triple Exposure
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

4-STARS For most, a triangle is the shape that readily springs to mind when analyzing, discussing, and/or conceptualizing a trio. There's no mistaking roles and positions, after all, when there are three clearly defined sides. A circle, on the other hand, offers no beginning, no middle, and no end. In many ways it's a better analog for a band, but only if the shape fits. Needless to say, when it comes to the musical marriage of bassist... read more

Hal Galper Trio - Airegin Revisited
by Sam Landsman, Earshot Jazz

Veteran pianist Hal Galper simultaneously incorporates fresh and classic elements of the piano-trio jazz idiom on Airegin Revisited, his latest release with Origin Records. Bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop accompany Galper, continuing their six-year history as a trio.

The record is characterized by a unique style of rubato play, where often during each track the music flows freely, unbound by a traditional, countable time. The... read more

Anthony Branker and Word Play - The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

This session lead by composer and music director Anthony Branker can be approached one of two ways. Musically, it boasts of a horn section of David Binney/as, Ralph Bowen/ts-ss-fl and Conrad Herwig/tb that is second to none, with Bowers delivering a riveting tenor solo on "Our Dreams." The rhythm section of Renato Thoms/perc, Donald Edwards/dr, Kenny Davis/b and Jim Ridl/key is swinging yet flexible over things like post bop cookers like... read more

David Sills - Eastern View
by Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

Jazz fans who go regularly to jazz clubs such as Spazio will recognize the names of the musicians on this CD: tenor-saxophonist David Sills, guitarist Larry Koonse, organist Joe Bagg and drummer Tim Pleasant. Each of the musicians are fixtures in the Los Angeles area yet surprisingly the ten originals written by Sills for this CD were composed during a two-year period when he earning his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music.... read more

Dan Dean - 251
by Richard Leiter, Keyboard Magazine

Seattle-based bassist Dan Dean is no stranger to Keyboard magazine: His sample libraries have won 3 Key Buy awards and he's played with piano heroes like Dave Grusin, Bill Mays, Joey deFrancesco and scores more. On "251" (think jazz changes) Dan invited four stellar piano buddies into the studio for a fantastic romp through ten standards and a George Duke original that will teach you how to play ballads, swing and funk duets with a bassist.... read more

Clay Giberson - Pastures
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist and keyboard player Clay Giberson brings together Donny McCaslin/ts-fl-ss, Drew Gress/b and Matt Wilson/dr for a mix and match of originals and standards. His classical technique comes through on a fun piece with McCaslin's tenor on "Solfeggio, " and while team gets fun and kinetic on "Song For Ornette," but the treat here is when a string quartet comes in for some extra textures, as the leader brings back the spirit of Bach on "Simple... read more

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