Origin Records Reviews

Jim Norton Collective - Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

RINGER OF THE WEEK - While this collection represents a tribute to Bill Evans' compositions, Jim Norton could easily have subtitled this as a remembrance of another Evans, Gil. The woodwind/bandleader here focuses on the famed pianists work as a writer, but Norgon brings together a big band that includes enough brass and reeds to bring to mind vintage sessions like Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess from the Miles Davis/Gil Evans... read more

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters - Abstract Quantities
by Herman te Loo, Jazzflits (Netherlands)

The title 'Abstract Quantities' can put an unsuspecting jazz lover on the wrong foot. Indeed, there is not as many abstracts to the music of the quartet of the Belgian pianist Bram Weijters and the American trumpeter Chad McCullough. Both leaders can sign for the repertoire, with haunting melodies, bright writing. Sometimes forming loving songs (like the touching 'Little Song (for Mirthe)'), but there are other, more surprising forms. We... read more

Jessica Williams - With Love
by Martin Z. Kasdan Jr., Louisville Music News

Jessica Williams has produced an album of intimate solo piano pieces, rendered with elegance and emotion. There's a backstory here, that Ms. Williams suffered a lumbar spine collapse, followed by lengthy and extensive medical procedures. Her self-penned liner notes suggest that the nonpyrotechnical approach was a result of the spine issues, but had she made no mention of her problem, the album would still be a testament to a musical vision of... read more

Bob Sneider & Joe Locke - Nocturne for Ava
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Bob Sneider and Joe Locke's follow-up to Fallen Angel, their first Film Noir Project, follows the same formula, blending creative arrangements of music written for movies with enticing originals that are worthy of being utilized in soundtracks. Joining the guitarist and vibraphonist once more are trumpeter John Sneider, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, and pianist Paul Hofmann, with newcomers including bassist Martin Wind, drummer Tim Horner,... read more

Laurie Antonioli - Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light
by Doug Boynton, Girl Singers.org

Subtitled "The Music of Joni Mitchell," right out of the box, you know it's going to be a little bit of a tightrope act. It's not like "The Music of Cole Porter," or "Johnny Mercer;" songs that have been done a bazillion times, and no one (in my demographic, anyway) can remember exactly who did the original.

On these, there's no doubt. Joni Mitchell did the original. And mostly (in my demographic, anyway), we remember how... read more

Scott Reeves - Portraits and Places

Big band jazz composers may be the most pure artists in all of music. These people do what they do strictly out of love. When you're done paying the band - if in fact there IS anything to pay the band with- there is absolutely no money in writing original big band jazz. Even the universally respected Maria Schneider survives on Chamber Music America grants. So it would be a little misleading to say that the last time this blog caught a show by... read more

Geof Bradfield - Urban Nomad
by John Barron, All About Jazz.com

On Urban Nomad, Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield and his powerhouse quartet perform with tremendous spirit, maintaining a momentum that is vibrant and infectious. Bradfield's inventive, yet tightly-focused tenor and soprano playing is propelled by pianist Ron Perrillo, drummer George Fludas and bassist Clark Sommers, soaring through a mostly original set of charged-up progressive jazz.

Bradfield's compositions are full of shifting time... read more

Bridge Quartet - Day
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

Stemming from a missed gig and a somewhat hurried recording session following, Day introduces the Bridge Quartet, a collection of jazzers from Portland (and nearby) in their first collaboration. Particularly given their short history as a quartet, the sound is incredible. Phil Dwyer's sax keeps a solid tone, at home in a smoky nightclub, and takes hints from some of the greats but forges an identity of its own rather than simply emulating those... read more

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