...one of the most significant releases of 2006...
From simple poetic lyricism to unbridled intensity, trumpeter Brian Owen brings youthful adventure mixed with precision and maturity to his debut album of modern, postbop jazz. Saxophonist Jay Thomas brings deep musicality throughout the album, while the rhythm section of John Hansen (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), and Phil Parisot (drums), accent the ebb and flow of each track, interacting throughout. The result is a tight forty-eight minutes of original music, engaging the listener at each turn.
1 Perkoosha 3 5:59
2 Last Mountain 5:32
3 Unmei 7:53
4 Train Chase 6:12
5 The Take House 6:14
6 Unexpected Yesterday 3:22
7 Mitsuda's Walk 6:43
8 Waltz for Aska 6:31
produced by BRIAN OWEN
recorded November 23, 2005 at AVAST STUDIOS, Seattle
engineered & mixed by KELLY CAMPBELL
mastered at RFI CD Mastering by RICK FISHER, January 26th, 2006
photography by GARY OWEN
design & layout by JOHN BISHOP
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
The debut album from trumpeter Brian Owen shows off a set of original compositions with a fair amount of musical complexity involved. Owen has reasonably sharp chops, and the ability to pull off a solo with high technical skill. The band backing him up here has as much or more ability, with John Hansen playing a particularly skilled piano turn, Jay ...
JazzRadio247.com (Rick Holland)
Brian Owen is a 23 year old trumpet artist from Seattle, Washington. Not only is he a gifted soloist, by a fine composer in his own right. In fact Unmei is a very intriguing compositional debut for such a young artist. The compositions on this recording reflect a man of maturity beyond his years. Critics and radio stations across the US are givi ...
Radioio.com (Dr. Mike)
The youth just keep coming on strong. this week I feature one of the most significant releases of 2006 led by Seattle's 23 year old trumpeter and composer brian owens. the release is titled 'unmei' and brings eight compositions that mark the beginning of a career to watch. 'unmei' this week's destined featured album on radioioJAZZ. Starting at t ...
The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
And yet another young lion enters the jazz arena. Trumpeter, composer and arranger Brian Owen, born and raised in Everett, Wash., in in his early 20's... and always has been in a hurry. He took advantage of the Running Start program and finished high school and community college simultaneously. While attending Central Washington University, ...