Origin Records Reviews

Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio - Blessed
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Drummer Scott Neumann hosts multi-reedist Michael Blake and bassist Mark Helias in nine compellingly free original compositions plus one well-selected Roswell Rudd piece. This recording is not without its Monk influence. "Keep Your Heart Right" is right out of the Monk rhythmic playbook via Roswell Rudd, with a theme that trips over itself while still remaining upright and heading in a swingtime direction. Blake's melodica gives "Garbanzo"... read more

Wellstone Conspiracy - Motives
by Larry Hollis, Cadence Magazine

The background information for Wellstone Conspiracy may be a tad confusing. This quartet made its debut a couple of years ago on the same label with an album (under Brent Jensen's name) entitled One More Mile. Yours truly gave them a respectable review then and the same holds true with this latest one. All of these fellows are veterans of the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene and are accorded the respect they deserve. As with their debut outing,... read more

Chad McCullough - Dark Wood, Dark Water
by Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

Seattle-based trumpeter-composer Chad McCullough offers some fresh, thoughtful originals on his fine debut, along with a radically re-harmonized balladic arrangement of the Beatles' "Blackbird." He turns in some warm, lyrical flugelhorn work on the affecting opener, "Three Pillars," which also features an outstanding deep-toned upright solo from bassist Jeff Johnson. The uptempo burner "Nightmare's Dance" has McCullough blowing some fast, bright... read more

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra - Without a Trace
by Suzanne Lorge, Downbeat Magazine


IT WASN'T UNTIL TROMBONIST/ALTO flugelhornist Scott Reeves moved to New York City in 1999 that he began to compose and arrange at the level he'd always envisioned. "I'm either a late bloomer or a slow learner," he joked after the May 12 release concert for Without A Trace (Origin), his second big band album, at Smalls. Or maybe he's the best kind of bandleader - one who's learned how to do it all.

To be... read more

Jaiman Crunk - Encounters
by Don Lerman, Cadence

Original music from guitarist/composer Jaiman Crunk is provided on Encounters, a large scale production recorded over nearly a two-year period. Crunk?s arrangements of his own music utilize both larger ensembles of over twenty musicians and smaller groups of from two to six performers. The larger group, made up of rhythm section plus brass, winds, and strings, is heard on ?Spuren,? ?Beneath a Leaf,? and ?Let Me Slip Into Your Dreams Tonight,?... read more

Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre - The Art of Latin Jazz
by Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner

ALBUM OF THE WEEK We spend a lot of time talking about the minutiae of music making, digging into theory, history, and the way that the sounds make us feel; far too often, we leave the idea of artistry out of our conversations. The exclusion of this topic is a bit ironic, as artistry is probably the most important piece of the puzzle. The decisions that a musician makes about their product, the time they spend refining their craft, and... read more

Laurie Antonioli - Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light
by Andrew Gilbert, KQED Arts

The Golden State of Jazz: Top California Jazz Releases of 2014
Several of Joni Mitchell's songs are firmly established in the jazz repertoire, but no singer before Bay Area veteran Laurie Antonioli has wrought as fine a balance between the original sources and her own vivid emotional and improvisational palette. It's a journey that wouldn't be possible without her supple American Dreams Band, with saxophonist Sheldon Brown, pianist... read more

Bridge Quartet - Night
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

The Bridge Quartet consists of tenor saxophonist Phil Dwyer, pianist Darrell Grant, bassist Tom Wakeling, and drummer Alan Jones: Night is the second volume of their work together over a two day period in 2007, complicated by Dwyer being delayed at the U.S.-Canada border on his way to Portland. There's a bit more energy in this recording than their earlier release, since it is before a live audience. The quartet really stretches out on several... read more

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