Origin Records Reviews

Scenes - Rinnova
by Kyle O'Brien, Oregon Jazz Scene

John Stowell, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop have been playing together as Scenes for nearly a decade, and the group continues to evolve and develop as a trio rather than a collection of players. It's not about showcasing one instrument or even one sound. Their work is reminiscent of the fusion of the '70s and early '80s, like that done by Mike Stern or John Abercrombie, though it is definitely of the now. Stowell's guitar approach is softer... read more

Bobby Broom - Upper West Side Story
by Jon Ross, Downbeat Magazine

**** 4-Stars

Starting with the very first notes of "D's Blues"--a languid but powerful riff atop busy drums and droning bass--Bobby Broom bleeds simple, unadulterated blues from his guitar. He keeps it up, with a quiet intensity, for the rest of Upper West Side Story.

His use of clean, pure guitar sound gives his chords a bit of jangle, which provides an added depth to his comping and his chordal solos. He's not an... read more

Hadley Caliman | Pete Christlieb - Reunion
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz.com

Both Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb were active on Los Angeles jazz scene going on 50 years ago, and the two tenor saxophonists actually performed together at the time. Real life got in the way, guiding each man in his allotted direction. Origin Records' house pianist (and All About Jazz Contributor) Bill Anschell brought the two together for Reunion, composing a good old fashioned cooker to open the disc.

"Little Dex" (after... read more

John McLean - Better Angels
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise
Thursday, July 3, 2008

A lot of good guitarists are recording these days, and John McLean is one of the better ones.

McLean, who works the Chicago area these days, has been performing for more than 25 years and has been involved in more than two dozen releases by other artists during that time. This is just his second album as a leader/composer/arranger.

Like so many of today's musicians, McLean is a multi-degreed artist; he earned his bachelor of music... read more

David Sills - Green
by Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

A Win-Win Proposition

Purchasing the new CD by tenor saxist, David Sills, is a winning proposition as it provides both classy jazz by a talented saxophonist with top level sidemen, and a portion of the profits go to the Sierra Club. Such a deal - good music benefiting a worthy cause!

I last reviewed Sills playing on trumpeter Liam Sillery's OA2 Records release, On the Fly, last year and found Sills to be an important part of that... read more

Bill Anschell - Figments
by Chris Robinson, Outside-Inside-Out

Pianist Bill Anschell's latest CD, Figments, is his first solo recording, and I've included it on my Best of 2011 list. It's a wonderfully introspective, beautiful, and at times haunting album that he recorded late at night in his home studio. Below is a lengthy conversation we had recently over email in which we talked about his new album, the current state of jazz economics, the scene in Seattle, and his upcoming electronic music project.... read more

Jeff Johnson - Tall Stranger
by Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz

Re-corded back in 2002, Tall Stranger opens with two group improvisations in which the players - Johnson, California drummer Billy Mintz, and treasured Seattle hornman Hans Teuber - feel each other out and enter an oblique, moody realm of light and shadow.

These are three superbly exploratory players. Mintz is a drummer like no other - he measures his attack as if determined to bruise no drumhead unless absolutely necessary; he caresses the... read more

Brad Goode - Montezuma
by Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound

Another solid outing from trumpeter Brad Goode, who shows from album to album how changing a few little things can have a big effect. Whether it's adding an unusual instrument to the mix or rethinking old standards and modern pop tunes, there's always plenty of interesting stuff going on. His current album has Goode joined by pianist Adrean Farrugia, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Anthony Lee. Aside from some nifty originals, the highlights... read more

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