Origin Records Reviews

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters - Imaginary Sketches
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Trumpeter/flügelhornist Chad McCullough's third CD for Origin features mostly different personnel, retaining drummer John Bishop and adding pianist Bram Weijters (who is jointly credited as leader on the cover) and bassist Chuck Deardorf, with the leader and Weijters contributing most of the material. McCullough's melancholy "Imaginary Folk Song" has more of a classical feeling, a waltz that has been modified into a jazz setting, with a brooding... read more

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble - The Atwood Suites
by Paul Rauch, All About Jazz

4-STARS The mingling of jazz music and poetry is not a new concept. It has always been an amiable, yet at times, uncomfortable fit. From a verse standpoint, it is in many ways liberating. While most vocalized lyrics and spoken word forms rely on rhyme to speak to cadence and rhythm, free verse poetry liberates the narrative from the confinements of structure, and much like an improvising instrumentalist, takes spoken language into a... read more

David Friesen - Structures
by Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

One of the most significant musical advantages of the Hemage bass that is played by David Friesen is that its inner architecture enables him to extract an enormous palette of colours that appear to meld those of a contrabass and an electric bass guitar. The result is a seemingly dramatic increase in registers - he can reach higher registers and challenging lows while the bass still produces a faux-acoustic sound. This might also be a function... read more

Matija Dedic - MD in NYC
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Pianist Matija Dedic's MD in NYC tiptoes into existence on a delicate rhythm, joined in short order by a sprinkling of crystalline notes in the melody, with a whisper of brushes and spare but assertive bass lines. "Her Name" is one of the pianist's five originals in the set, and has a wistful reverence that speaks, perhaps, to a yearning infatuation, bringing to mind the artistry of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock.

The Croatian-born... read more

Phil Kelly & The SW Santa Ana Winds - My Museum
by Robert Robbins, BBI Review

Three years ago, former Tonight Show Band arranger and BBI Elite subscriber Phil Kelly released his Grammy-nominated CD Convergence Zone, which featured his Seattle-based NW Prevailing Winds along with guest musicians from New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. On My Museum, Kelly leads mostly the cream of LA musician, including four (trumpeter Jay Thomas, trombonist Andy Martin, tenor saxist and TSB alumnus Pete Christlieb, and baritonist Bill... read more

Dan McCarthy - City Abstract
by Georges Tonla Briquet, JazzHalo (Belgium)

The Canadian vibraphonist Dan McCarthy likes to color outside the lines. For example, on 'Let's Start The Show' he introduced a banjo into his musical universe, while 'Constellation' was a duo album with pianist Gordon Webster, all about free improvisation. On 'Epoch' he was joined by Steve Swallow, Ben Monder and Mark Feldman. "City Abstract" is a logical and equally adventurous sequel to which he casually honors Carla Bley ("Bleyto") and Gary... read more

Bobby Broom - My Shining Hour
by Corey Hall, New City Music

Are y'all hip to "Sweet Georgia Brown?" According to the grapevine, "It's been said/she knocks 'em dead/when she lands in town/Since she came/why it's a shame/how she cools them down!" Satchmo sang about her, as did Ella, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis. And now jazz guitarist Bobby Broom and his trio have made a play for the gray gal on My Shining Hour, his new album that will be released on August 19.

When talking to Newcity... read more

Don Lanphere - Where Do You Start?
by Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune

SEATTLE - Bud Young of Seattle's Bud's Jazz Records (''Jazz in all its forms'') says: ''Don Lanphere is a sort of candidate for sainthood around here.''
Bertrand Tavernier's film '''Round Midnight'' was about alienated heroes who died young, poor, strung out and unappreciated. Their search for peace in Paris had only temporary success. Meanwhile, there was a parallel migration from town to city by other doomed jazzmen looking to find whatever... read more

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