Origin Records Reviews



Alison Ruble - Ashland
by Donna Kimura, JazzReview.com

Vocalist Alison Ruble has gathered a strong set of jazz and folk-rock songs for her second Origin Records release.

After displaying her diverse musical taste on her 2008 debut, This is a Bird, Ruble drives home the point that she is as comfortable reinterpreting the American songbook as she is covering recent songs by Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt.

Ruble also continues to work with some of Chicago's top musicians, including... read more

BOX - Ten Variations On An Unknown Theme
by Pedro CÈsar Beas, Dijazz

Ten variations on a unknown subject jazz is the perfect title for a disc of free. The music improvised in Europe continues taking to unknown and magical places. Claudia Ulla Binder, that is masterful of piano and part of the scene free jazz of Switzerland, has been published by Origin Record. The teacher Caludia Ulla Binder, like so many musicians of the European scene free, has belonged to the circuit of improvised music, but not very often she... read more

Dan Dean - 251
by Richard Leiter, Keyboard Magazine

Seattle-based bassist Dan Dean is no stranger to Keyboard magazine: His sample libraries have won 3 Key Buy awards and he's played with piano heroes like Dave Grusin, Bill Mays, Joey deFrancesco and scores more. On "251" (think jazz changes) Dan invited four stellar piano buddies into the studio for a fantastic romp through ten standards and a George Duke original that will teach you how to play ballads, swing and funk duets with a bassist.... read more

Jessica Williams - With Love
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Pianist Jessica Williams produces for the piano in With Love that Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli do in jazz vocals...a perfect jazz ballads recording. Williams does so in a solo piano setting not unlike what she has used in the past most recently on Song of the Earth (Origin, 2012), Touch (Origin, 2010) and The Art of the Piano (Origin, 2009). This is a recording the eclipses the majority of what passes for... read more

John Stowell | Michael Zilber - Live Beauty
by Tree Palmedo, Jazz Society of Oregon

This live meeting of two West-Coast powerhouses succeeds precisely because it's not the kind of combustible collision that many all-star collaborations can become. You can probably thank guitarist John Stowell for that: he's got chops for days, but actively avoids setting fires. Instead, he sits back and plays only the right things. The answer also lies in the instrumentation. With no piano (and particularly with Stowell in the guitar chair),... read more

Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimee - Burstin' Out!
by Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online

Jazz History Online is not in the business of fortune-telling, but it's always gratifying to hear young musicians who have mastered the jazz language and have the potential to either carry the old traditions into the future or blaze innovative trails. The three vocalists reviewed here are all currently in their late 20s or early 30s and have developed their styles and sounds to a very high degree. They are certainly not the only promising... read more

Bill Anschell - Figments
by Chris Robinson, Outside-Inside-Out

Pianist Bill Anschell's latest CD, Figments, is his first solo recording, and I've included it on my Best of 2011 list. It's a wonderfully introspective, beautiful, and at times haunting album that he recorded late at night in his home studio. Below is a lengthy conversation we had recently over email in which we talked about his new album, the current state of jazz economics, the scene in Seattle, and his upcoming electronic music project.... read more

Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach - Varuna
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Sometimes you just have to wait until things are right. Antonioli has been working with Beirach for over 25 years, mostly on his stomping grounds in Germany when she was based over there. This set was begun 10 years ago and was only finished up recently, and it's just the two of them for most of the set. Even when tackling the chestnuts, Antonioli finds her art chick side, making this a totally different set than her Joni Mitchell tribute set... read more

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