Origin Records Reviews



Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott - Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit
by Andrew Luthringer, Earshot Jazz

Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott made a splash in 2010 with the first edition of their East West Trumpet Summit, which went to #1 on the jazz charts on the strength of their interplay and rapport as they tore through a varied program of classic hard-bop sounds. The release of the second edition, Return of the East West Trumpet Summit is a welcome return to the studio, and builds nicely on the heritage of the initial release.

While the albums are... read more

Hadley Caliman - Gratitude
by Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

I wrote in Jazz Matters about Caliman in a 1979 performance with Freddie Hubbard's band:

As the evening progressed, Caliman's playing took on much of the intensity and coloration of John Coltrane's work, but he is a more directly rhythmic player than Coltrane was toward the end of his life and from that standpoint is reminiscent of Dexter Gordon. Whatever his influences, Caliman is an inventive and cheerful soloist.

Caliman recently... read more

Anthony Branker & Ascent - Blessings
by John Barron, All About Jazz

Composer/arranger Anthony Branker and his ensemble Ascent follow up on the critically acclaimed release Spirit Songs (Sons of Sound, 2006) with Blessings, a spirited collection of progressive jazz. The music was composed during a residency Branker participated in at the Estonian Academy of Music where he represented the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. The recording features a first-rate cast of east coast heavy-hitters.

The disc's... read more

Ira Sullivan & Stu Katz - A Family Affair - Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase
by William Carey, All About Jazz

Some numbers to ponder. Saxophonist/trumpeter Ira Sullivan is 80 years old; vibraphonist Stu Katz is 74. 57 years. That is how long Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz have been making music together. 64 years. The number of years that Joe Segal's the Jazz Showcase has been featuring great jazz. In 1954, the year Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock," two fine young jazz musicians first got together in their adopted hometown of... read more

Wellstone Conspiracy - Humble Origins
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

This (mostly) Seattle group lives in the modern jazz world, making original music that is somewhere between straight ahead and chamber jazz. Soprano saxophonist Brent Jensen, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop are all veteran musicians, and the interplay is tight, letting the group move as a quartet, and allowing the individual members chances to solo within the arrangements. The title track is a journey that... read more

Thomas Marriott - Both Sides Of The Fence
by Dick Crockett, Bopndick's 10 Picks

What can you say about Thomas Marriott that says fabulous. This CD will more than make that claim. Marriott has a strong tone, great command and swings like...fabulously. Listen to his forceful attack right off on "Both Sides Of The Fence."

He's clear, precise, strictly down to business, the essence of hard bop swinging. The band of Marc Seales, piano, Jeff Johnson, bass and John Bishop, drums lend ample support to this exciting re-occurrence... read more

Scenes - Along The Way
by Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide

Along the Way is the follow-up release from Seattle trio Scenes, previously a quartet. With the departure of tenor sax player Rick Mandyck (due to health issues), the trio consolidate to the core of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop. As such, the sound suddenly becomes a bit more bare, without the strong lead presence provided by a sax. With what could otherwise be a rhythm section, the trio puts together an... read more

Brent Jensen - Trios
by Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

Sweet & Sour - A Challenging Combination

Brent Jensen's 2002 Origin release, "The Sound of a Dry Martini" was my introduction to Jensen. It was a tribute to the late Paul Desmond. It was highly enjoyable, often uncannily getting Desmond's dry, light, feathery tone down to a "T". Being unfamiliar with Jensen, I could not tell whether he was intentionally intending to mimic Desmond - a true feat as Desmond's tone is fairly unique; much like no... read more

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