Origin Records Reviews

Marlene Rosenberg - Bassprint
by John Barron, The Jazz Word

Chicago bassist Marlene Rosenberg has performed with a host of international jazz luminaries, including Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson. A couple of decades ago she recorded with drummer Ed Thigpen on his now classic recording Easy Flight. Her third recording as a leader and debut for Seattle's Origin Records is Bassprint, showcasing Rosenberg's strength as both a performer and composer.

Rosenberg's meaty tone and... read more

Nick Finzer - The Chase
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Trombonist Nick Finzer leads a sublimely swinging sextet through a collection of well crafted originals here. He teams up with Lucas PIno/reeds, Alex Wintz/g, Glenn Zaleski/p, Dave Baron/b and Jimmy McBride/dr and they glide easily with style and grace on medium tempo toe tappers like "Life Happens" and "All Hype." Finzer has a warm tone to his horn, easy and relaxed and it mixes well with Pino's tenor on the exotic "Spheres of Influence" while... read more

Brad Goode - Montezuma
by Paul Abella, Music Lounge - WDCB, Chicago

Kicking things off, Chicago expatriate Brad Goode has a new album out on Origin called Montezuma. As with all of Goode's releases on Origin, you can expect things to be a little left of center, and you can expect an album filled with interesting songs and some engaged playing. That's certainly the case throughout Montezuma. This disc crackles with energy. Even "My Funny Valentine" is amped up here. Personally, my favorite moment is the... read more

Human Spirit - Dialogue
by Rob Young, Urban Flux

At a glance, this project has eight pliable originals plus the contributors has fourteen albums among them as leaders and sidemen. Human Spirit is the title from a previous album by trumpeter/composer Thomas Marriott, along with his cohorts Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen serve up an engaging brew of bop-influenced modern jazz also features two guest performers Orrin Evans and Essiet Essiet round out the quintet on their latest "Live at the... read more

Jessica Williams - With Love
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

The most vulnerable of recordings, the solo piano, is well represented here under the hands of Jessica Williams. She creates about an hour's worth of a mellow, reflective and ruminating mood on graceful readings of standards such as "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "For All We Know." Her touch on "My Foolish Heart" has an inquisitiveness about it, and while "But Beautiful" exudes grace, she still dazzles with technique, but as an accent... read more

Emma Larsson - Sing To the Sky
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

One of the most denigrated categories is "jazz female vocalists." Most either try to sound like a quirky indie like Norah Jones, or try to jump on the Diana Krall bandwagon by ONCE AGAIN revisiting the Great American Songbook. Well, if you want something else, here is an artist that has the pulse of jazz, but delivered in fresh voice. What a joy!

Emma Larsson writes all of the material here, and it's worth listening to. She bonds with an... read more

David Sills - Green
by George Fendel, Platter Chatter

By now there can be no doubt that David Sills has eased into the position of one of LA's top echelon tenor players. On his latest CD, he brings us a group of stellar Southland colleagues, including the presence of the brilliant Gary Foster on alto saxophone. Together these simpatico players work out on a menu of lyrical, well crafted originals and a couple of familiar chestnuts in Prelude To A Kiss and Moon And Sand. Sill's sextet sounds so much... read more

Scenes - ...but not heard
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Of their second recording, Along The Way (Origin, 2006), guitarist and All About Jazz contributor John Kelman said, "There's an airy, ECM-like feel to much of the album... more in its aesthetic than any direct stylistic reference." That immediately frames the music of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, giving it a definition and location. The "ECM sound" at once defies accurate definition while... read more

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