Origin Records Reviews

John Moulder - Bifrost
by John Ephland, Downbeat

***1/2 stars

The first thing one may notice is Moulder's penchant for going back and forth between his acoustic and electric guitars. That he plays his six- an 12-string acoustics in a manner that at times might recall Ralph Towner's music with Jan Garbarek (thanks to the full-bodied tenor saxophone sounds of Bendik Hofseth) is not surprising. Bifrost sports Hofseth with fellow Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, both whom help give the... read more

Bobby Selvaggio - Short Stories
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Here's a sax man making his label debut and he makes a point of bringing it throughout. While you might hear the echoes of your fave greats of the past pouring out of his powerful ax, there's no mistaking that Selvaggio has learned his lessons well and learned how to craft them into his own voice as well. Hard hitting, tasty stuff loaded with infectious grooves and moves throughout, this is a winner from top to bottom that leaves no dregs in... read more

Scott Burns - Passages
by Rick Culver, www.jazzradio247.com

A schooled musician, graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Scott Burns spent a good portion of his early career in the Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio area, learning his craft. In 1998, he moved to Chicago, a natural and ideal location for some of the best jazz artists in the world, who can be found in Chicago dating back to nearly the beginning of the jazz age.

Scott has done what all the best artists in jazz... read more

Bill Anschell - Rumbler
by Ralph Miriello, Notes On Jazz

The pianist Bill Anschell was surprisingly self-taught, he subsequently studied at Oberlin College and Wesleyan under some influential teachers. After receiving his master's degree he came to Atlanta in 1989 as the jazz coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation. He eventually formed an internationally syndicated radio show "Jazz South" and became steeped in the Atlanta jazz scene, with his trio performing at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and... read more

Corey Christiansen - Lone Prairie
by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

The modern jazz scene in the Pacific Northwest has never been bashful about displaying its ties to Miles Davis's fusion period, especially the influence of rainy day ambiance from In a Silent Way. And though the influence of Cuong Vu, Bill Frisell, and John Stowell are also apparent, the relaxed jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis's 70s period shines through. This influence has spread from the Portland-Seattle-Vancouver axis, expanding its... read more

Geof Bradfield - melba!
by Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat Magaziene

If for no ther reason than he's giving orchids to the neglected legacy of the late trombonist/composer Melba Liston (who died in 1999 at the age of 74), the Chicago-based saxophonist Geof Bradfield deserves our attention. It just so happens that in this release he's composed a good little suite of peices that touch on Liston's considerable artistic journey, and turned his fine septet loose on it. Bradfield's pieces are sturdy, and most would... read more

Jeff Johnson - Tall Stranger
by Susan Frances, JazzTimes

Tall Stranger is the fourth release from bassist Jeff Johnson as a bandleader and improvisational artist. Recorded on May 31, 2002 at the Cat House in Seattle, Washington, Johnson along with saxophonist Hans Teuber and drummer Billy Mintz create a free flowing exchange of musical ideas that traverse a wide array of eclectic-clad composites. The trio displays a boundless imagination which transforms their instrumentals into various shapes and... read more

Carlos Vega - Bird's Up
by Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation

Carlos's high-energy & high-talent tenor and soprano sax work always gets high ratings here... I reviewed him just a while back in issue # 164, & this newest release is even better... you'll also hear great playing from Victor Garcia on Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Stu Mindeman - Piano, Rhodes; Josh Ramos - Bass; Xavier Breaker - Drums; Cheryl Wilson - Vocals; Scott Hesse - Guitar; Steve Strand - Flugelhorn and Michael B. Nelson -... read more

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