Origin Records Reviews

Yumiko Endo Schlaffer - Rhapsodie
by Alison Young, Harp Column

Like the luscious glamour of her CD cover, Japanese harpist Yumiko Endo Schlaffer plays with a luxurious richness as soft as the velvet she lightly places herself on. Rhapsodie is sheer grace and elegance.

I am convinced a great deal of planning went into this CD. It?s not just one beautiful number after another with several French pieces that leaves us breathless and relaxed?Yumiko takes us far afield. One of my favorites is from her native... read more

Ark Ovrutski - Intersection
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

4 1/2 STARS Ukrainian bassist Ark Ovrutski arrived on American soil just over a decade ago, and he's been rather busy ever since. A nonstop go-getter from his earliest days, Ovrutski immediately made the most out of that move, steadily working his way into the ultra-competitive New York jazz scene and seeking out opportunities to further his playing and knowledge in formal academic settings and informal environments. Now, with a full gigging... read more

Richard Sussman - Live at Sweet Rhythm
by Grady Harp, Amazon.com

This CD was recorded live on June 20 and 21, 2003 at Sweet Rhythm in New York City. It is a celebration in every sense of the word. Famed jazz pianist Richard Sussman gathered his old group together from a period in 1978 when the Richard Sussman Quintet gained popularity and a vast following. After twenty-five years he re-assembled the same players and this recording is the result. This is no ordinary group of fine musicians, but instead this is... read more

Doug Beavers 9 - Two Shades of Nude
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Trombonist Doug Beavers delivers a mix of tasty originals and potent arrangements of familiar jazz works in his second Origin release. Rich horn charts and robust solos highlight his interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Tell Me a Bedtime Story," with the use of electric piano and electric bass lightening the sound just a bit. He reharmonized Clare Fischer's Latin gem "Pensativa," putting much of the emphasis on the rich ensemble sections, though... read more

Florian Hoefner - Coldwater Stories
by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

Florian Hoefner knows how to work a melody. His 2012 release Songs Without Words was one of the very best things to get released that year, and it was in no small part a result of the pianist's vibrant display of melodicism. Two releases since then did nothing to diminish that reputation.

This 2016 performance at the Bremen, Germany venue Sendesaal provides the opportunity to hear that melodic talent unfold in a solo setting. Live and all... read more

Sam Yahel - From Sun to Sun
by Stuart Kremsky, Cadence

After five albums on which he played only organ, Sam Yahel moved over to the piano bench for his last release on Origin, and he largely stays there for this new session. Yahel, joined once again by accomplished bassist Matt Penman and the ever tasteful drummer Jochen Rueckert, is insidiously charming on the free-flowing "2 Pilgrims" that opens the set. It's the first of ten original compositions by the keyboardist, whose caressing touch at the... read more

Chris Walden Big Band - No Bounds
by Andrew Gilbert, San Diego Union-Tribune

At the age of 29, Chris Walden came to Hollywood to write music for the movies, but he's gained almost as much attention with his talent-packed big band, winning fans like film composer John Williams and jazz pianist John Grusin.

The German-born trumpeter and composer moved to California in the mid-1990s, looking to find work on big-budget Hollywood productions after establishing himself as one of the top young writers on Germany's... read more

Tim Davies Big Band - The Expensive Train Set
by John Ziegler, Reader

The jazz big band is one of those dinosauric amalgamations that roamed the land in thundering herds back in the mid to late 20th Century.
From Fletcher Henderson to Lionel Hampton, from Count Basie to Duke Ellington, from Woody Herman to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, these large aggregations (usually 18 pieces) traveled up and down the highways and byways of this great land, spreading the gospel of jazz to listeners and dancers at... read more

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