Origin Records Reviews

Chris Walden Big Band - Home Of My Heart
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

German-born, Los Angeles-based composer/arranger/flugelhornist Chris Walden looks way too young to be this good at a task as daunting as big band writing. He looks almost too young to be sitting in with the band, though he is pushing the ripe old age of forty. But he started early at the art, writing big band arrangements while he was still in high school, and later putting together the charts for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the RIAS Big... read more

Hadley Caliman - Gratitude
by Joseph Blake, Times Colonist, Vancouver, B.C.

Tenor saxophone veteran Hadley Caliman has been a fixture on the Seattle jazz scene since moving to the Emerald City from California where he played with everyone from his mentor, Dexter Gordon, to high school classmate, Art Farmer, to recordings with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Santana. Now in his 70's, Caliman is a regular at Seattle's Second Avenue jazz club, Tula's and a long-standing member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra,... read more

David Friesen Circle 3 Trio - Triple Exposure
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

The bass ace leads his piano trio through a tight, solid set that leaves plenty to the imagination but leaves no room for mucking around. On point as only an experienced pro can be, this atmospheric set takes you to the lighter side where it seems only natural a cocktail should be in your hand at sunset. Breezy and airy, the trio commands the sunny side of life with great style. A winner... read more

Tom Collier - Across the Bridge
by Dave Rogers, WTJU - Richmond

Collier plays vibes and marimba on these nine original compositions and he changes moods and styles with with ease and command. He also keeps terrific company in a group of musicians who can bring their special talents to augment his shifts. Guitarists Larry Coryell and Bill Frisell add the wonderful coloring one would expect of them and bassist Dan Dean even takes a turn on guitar while maintaining his melodic and rhythmic bass. Ted Poor and... read more

Bobby Broom - Upper West Side Story
by Darryl Daniels, The Jazz Page

Chicago-based guitarist Bobby Broom returns to his roots with his tenth and latest recording. Upper West Side Story finds the New York City native paying homage to the place of his physical and musical birth. The album has the feel of a big city guitar trio, with Broom and longtime bandmates, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins, working together again quite nicely. There?s a rawness to the playing of Broom and company here that... read more

Trio East - Best Bets
by Thomas R. Erdmann, www.jazzreview.com

If not for Origin Records, questing ensembles, such as Trio East, would not be able to find label homes. Origin continues their fine tradition of focusing on less well known, to general jazz public audiences, musicians who want to work in free and more open musical environments. This is certainly the case here.

Trio East is made up of three music professors from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While each of the three are more... read more

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Wonderful!
by Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz

Deep Blue Organ Trio's Wonderful! is much more than just another Stevie Wonder tribute. Covering nine songs from Wonder's "classic" period, the members of the trio dissect the music, get to the spirit of it and reconstruct it in their own, unique vision.
Although formed 11 years ago, the three have played together for almost 20 years now. This has generated a camaraderie that is obvious from the start on the interplay of "Tell Me Something... read more

Tim Horner - The Head of the Circle
by Dave Sumner, emusic

emusic Pick of the Week - Hard to believe that this is just a sextet recording. Horner gets such a huge, yet finely detailed sound out of the group that you'd think they had a couple extra sets of arms helping with the heavy lifting. Lyrical as hell, and uplifting to boot. Joe Locke's vibes typically sound magical, but on this recording, he's casting spells left and right. I thought nothing could get better than Ted Nash's bass... read more

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