Origin Records Reviews

Michael Zilber - East West: Music for Big Bands
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

On East West, his first-ever big-band enterprise, Canadian-born saxophonist Michael Zilber leads world-class ensembles in New York City and San Francisco, which speaks volumes about his artistry and gravitas. Zilber not only plays saxophone on both bands, he composed eight of the fourteen numbers on this handsome two-CD set and arranged all of them.

Even while playing and recording in smaller groups on both coasts and in Canada, Zilber had... read more

Lower Monumental - Mayday Session
by Stephen Latessa, All About Jazz

When I was living at home, there were certain types of music that would cause my mother to knock on my bedroom door as she walked past and ask, "what are you listening to?" in a tone that seemed to wonder whether she had a reason to be worried. The Mayday Session is that type of music. It isn't particularly loud or jarring, but there are enough kinks and corners with who-knows-what on the other side of them to make the whole project vaguely... read more

The Spin Quartet - In Circles
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

The post bop quartet of Chad McCullough/tp-fh, Geof Bradfield/sax, Clark Sommers/b and Kobie Watkins/dr do some impressive work with clever and sophisticate originals. Without a piano as a safety net, the two horns weave in and out of unison like a high wire act, almost but never quite falling over as Sommers keeps things together on "Little Marionette" and "Simple Song." A hint of "All Blues" supplies the base for a yearning... read more

Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet - Andarta
by Birney K. Brown, Audiophile Audition

This release led by the Israeli-born, now New York-based pianist and bassist was much anticipated. They are masters of their instruments in addition to being talented arrangers and composers. One of the highlights of this disc is the superb engineering and mixing focusing on and highlighting their contributions, particularly the capturing of Khaimovich's Eddie Gomez-influenced bass. His multiple solos are magnificent, as is his driving... read more

Hal Galper Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi - Cubist
by Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

In his album notes, pianist Galper writes that he was unaware of what "an interesting and unique composer" his longtime bass-playing associate Jeff Johnson is. The three pieces that Johnson contributed to Cubist leave no doubt about his writing ability. The title tune plus "Kiwi," "Artists" and "Scene West" give Galper, Johnson and drummer John Bishop plenty of challenging material. They make the most of it. Galper's post-bop credentials with... read more

Human Spirit - Dialogue
by Nick DeRiso, Something Else!

Human Spirit, a newly named Seattle-based jazz group with a lengthy history, offers an old-fashioned guest star-packed blowing session on Dialogue, recorded live at Tula's Jazz Club during Earshot Jazz Festival in October of last year.

The band's core trio of trumpeter Thomas Marriott (composer of half of the album's eight tunes), altoist Mark Taylor and drummer Matt Jorgensen are joined by Orrin Evans at the piano and Essiet... read more

Don Lanphere - Where Do You Start?
by David Franklin, JazzTimes, May 2003

Don Lanphere was alos around during the glory days of bebop, recording with Max Roach and Fats Navarro as early as 1948, but in his case we can still look forward to new music from the 75-year old tenor player. His latest, Where Do You Start? (Origin), recorded with his youthful group of regular band members, once again demonstrates his staying power. This collection of standards and originals provides opportunities for Lanphere to show... read more

Gary Hobbs - Of My Times
by Lynn Darroch, Oregonian

In the course of a year, drummer and composer Gary Hobbs cycles through multiple musical personalities. Big band drummer, clinician for high schools and colleges, sideman with a variety of groups and a leader of his own, Hobbs goes from straight-ahead and swing to funk and fusion.

That taste for variety is evident on his latest CD, "Of My Times."

Within the variety, though, we hear a composer and arranger in love with the rhythmic... read more

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