OA2 Records Reviews



Daria - Strawberry Fields Forever
by Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

Daria, a delightful singer from Northern California who in the past has explored a combination of jazz and World Music in addition to touring as a backup singer for the late Dan Hicks, recently released a CD on the Origin label (Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs By The Beatles) of her versions of Beatles songs.

However it was obvious from the beginning of her performance at Vitello's E-Spot Lounge that her interpretations are "reimagined" and... read more

Jun Iida - Evergreen
by Thierry De Clemensat, Paris Move

For a debut album, Jun Iida reaches the summit! Indeed, Evergreen is all about balance—nothing excessive, whether in compositions or arrangements; everything is perfectly calibrated, beautiful, intelligent, and one simply allows oneself to be carried away, thinking that with this musician, we are certainly only at the beginning of delightful surprises. There is a bit of the soul of a Ryuichi Sakamoto, capable of bringing together tradition and... read more

Alex Goodman - Border Crossing
by Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

Guitarist and composer Alex Goodman, Canadian born and raised, moved to the United States in 2012 after the release of his Quintet album "Bridges". Since his arrival, Goodman has worked and/or recorded with bassist John Pattitucci, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, and drummer Ari Hoenig (among others). In 2014, he won the Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition and recorded an album of "Etudes for Solo Guitar" (self-released).... read more

Mark Buselli / Claude Sifferlen - Take The Mitsu
by Scott Gotschall, Jazz Review

Those who believe that jazz can only originate on the coasts have never been to Indiana. Beginning with Hoagy Carmichael and continuing through the Montgomery brothers, Jimmy Spaulding and many others, Indiana has played an important role in jazz history. You may then add to the history the inspired teachers, such as Jerry Coker and David Baker, which have inspired thousands of students, including the likes of Jamey Aebersold, who has continued... read more

Danny Green - Altered Narratives
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist Danny Green's trio has been a solid team, backing up artists such as vocalist Roberta Donnay. Here, Green shows his composing and arranging skills match his tactile talents with Justin Grinnell/b and Julien Cantelm/dr as his pieces such as "Serious Fun" and "October Ballad" show a range from Crescent City stomps to late night candelabra. Cantelm and Grinnell form an attractive restlessness underneath the lyrical ivories on "The Merge"... read more

Svetlana and the Delancey Five - Night at the Speakeasy
by Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

SVETLANA and the DELANCEY FIVE MAKE "SOCIAL MUSIC" I wrote about the singer Svetlana Shmulyian and her band, the Delancey Five, more than two years ago here, and I am happy to report their first full-scale CD, NIGHT AT THE SPEAKEASY, is more than pleasing. I found it an engaging session, balancing more contemporary originals and lively versions of venerable jazz and pop classics. In his notes to the CD, Will Friedwald points out that... read more

Unhinged Sextet - Clarity
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

A bunch of musical pals that have scattered to the four winds reconvene in Phoenix to bake up some fun over last 4th of July weekend. The results are the kind of thing you get when everyone has everyone else's back, nobody's looking to smash mouth any of the others and nobody is telling them what they can and can't do. A progressively swinging big band sound rolls along mightily here with just six guys providing the joyful noise. Exactly the... read more

Debbie Poryes | Bruce Williamson - Two and Fro
by Larry Hollis, Cadence

Another meeting of two souls is chronicled in 'Two & Fro'. A sort of West Coast (CA) meets East Coast (NY) with pianist Debbie Poryes and master-reedman Bruce Williamson putting their heads together on a mix of evergreens, a pair of Jazz staples and an original each. Like Dorothy Leigh and Alva Nelson, these two are no strangers to one another. Williamson was present on Poryes' last release for Origin, 'Catch Your Breath' a quartet date which... read more

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