Origin Records Reviews

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

Corey Christiansen - Roll With It
by Jan P. Dennis, Audiophile Audition

Coming out of the very legato, melodic school of electric guitar jazz characterized by players like Jimmy Bruno, John Basile, and the brilliant but underrecorded Helio Delmiro (whom he most resembles), Corey Christiansen in his third outing as leader has created something very special. As both an educator and clinician as well as performer and recording artist, Christiansen brings a vast knowledge of jazz guitar history to the table. Yet... read more

Randy Halberstadt - Flash Point
by Peter Walton, Earshot

With Flash Point, the follow-up to his Origin debut Parallel Tracks, Randy Halberstadt augments his trio of bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Mark Ivester with the dynamic frontline of trumpeter Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Mark Taylor.

The Seattle pianist has been much celebrated for his versatility as an accompanist, for years working behind Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, and Sheila Jordan, as well as holding the piano chair in... read more

Ben Paterson - For Once In My Life
by Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

4-STARS! Philly-born pianist Ben Paterson picked up organ after a move to Chicago, where he became inspired by Windy City B-3 wizard Chris Foreman. Along with quintessential organ trio guitarist Peter Bernstein and Chicago drummer George Fludas, Paterson stays strictly in the pocket on this decidedly old-school offering, which harkens back to classic 1960s Blue Note sessions.

Everything feels right on Ray Bryant's "Cubano Chant,"... read more

Giacomo Gates - Centerpiece
by Elliott Simon, All About Jazz/New York

A product of vocally imitating complex bop solos, vocalese grew into a respectable singular art form under its most famous practitioners, King Pleasure and Eddie Jefferson. On the swinging Centerpiece, Giacomo Gates uses these two giants as touchstones and makes the genre his own.

In addition to his deep, rich tonal quality, Gates' impressive vocal arsenal includes whistling, scat and mood-inducing intros. He uses these talents to lead us... read more

Bill Anschell - Figments
by Larry Hollis, Cadence

Another name that shows up quite regularly on the Origin/OA2 rosters is Bil Anschell, a pianist surely worthy of wider exposure. As both leader and sideman he has racked up an impressive cache of credentials, playing in varied configurations from duets to larger settings, but 'Figments' is his debut in a solo piano setting. Captured on the most basic studio equipment at is home somewhere in the greater Seattle area, these unpretentious and... read more

Matt Jorgensen + 451 - Another Morning
by Thomas R. Erdmann, www.jazzreview.com

Drummer/percussionist Matt Jorgensen's regular band releases this disc, Another Morning, their fourth studio recording on the Origin label. The longtime band mates, (Mark Taylor ? saxophone, Ryan Burns ? Fender Rhodes, Phil Sparks ? bass) are joined by trumpeter Thomas Marriott on three cuts and guitarist Jason Goessl on two. Jorgensen's background includes studying with Kenny Washington at the New School for Social Research in New York City,... read more

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Folk Music
by Critics Pick, Democrat & Chronicle

Don't let the title fool you. This is mellow-soul, Hammond B3-guitar-drums jazz of the highest order. (I suspect the title is a reference to a famous Louis Armstrong quote: "All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song.") Organist Chris Foreman, guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Greg Rockingham establish a groove that won't quit. Mostly, the music swings. I haven't heard such feeling-good organ-guitar jazz since the... read more

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