OA2 Records Reviews

William Flynn - Seaside
by Sascha Harvey, The Sunflower

Director of Jazz Studies, William Flynn, released an album, titled "Seaside," this year. The album, overall, brings to mind an image of Charles Schultz's Schroeder bent over the piano while characters dance around him.

The origin of this album was an artist's retreat Flynn attended in a town called Seaside, Florida in 2017. Free of distractions, Flynn and other artists were able to buckle down and focus on their craft.

"The hardest part... read more

Erik Skov - Liminality
by Mattie Poels, Music Frames (Netherlands)

Beautiful debut album by American guitarist (and banjo player) Erik Skov, who plays a kind of landscape jazz with his sextet Liminality . In his self-written compositions we hear a range of beautiful instrument combinations with which he creates splendid sound colors.

Jazz guitarist and composer Erik Skov works in the Chicago area. He studied at Northwestern University / Jazz Studies in 2015 and has since worked with various classical and... read more

Gordon Lee - This Path
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

It's strictly one man's opinion, but I've always considered Portland's Lee to be a pianist rooted in the jazz art, but one open to a multitude of influences and musical colors which compliment his considerable stature in jazz. On his second CD for the Seattle-based OA2 label, Lee explores seven original compositions and five selections from other sources. Two distinct trios of esteemed Portland resident musicians give Lee outstanding support.... read more

Ben Morris - Pocket Guides
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Inspired by his world travels, this is an impressionistic guide to spots around the world. Except he's doing it with a big band that plays in a way of his own devices that he writes and arranges for with an out of the ordinary, singular vision. A cat whose work plays it straight while coloring outside the lines, he wants to bring you into the tent and doesn't worry about the ars gratis artis effect. Fun stuff that works on a lot of... read more

Nelda Swiggett - This Time
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

For her first trio recording, pianist Nelda Swiggett goes all out, using her own compositions as a base for cerebral explorations on the keys. Over an extraordinarily steady backing from Chris Symer's bass (and to a slightly less audible degree Byron Vannoy's drums), Swiggett alternately develops sparse themes into stocky grooves and tinkles little blues hybrids into Bill Evans-style balladry (as in the excellent "Heart of the Moment"). On... read more

Carrie Wicks - Maybe
by Connor Creighton, Earshot Jazz

Seattle vocalist Carrie Wicks has presented an album that leads the mind to wander and fall into deep tonal seduction. The lyricism within Maybe provides listeners with a form of storytelling unlike any other. There is a palpable sense of maturity found in Wicks' writing, one that teeters between states of pensiveness and supreme delectation. The opening track "Ghost of a Perfect Flame" has an empathetic nature, forcing out concepts of empirical... read more

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Two
by Josh Davies, International Trumpet Guild

Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington collaborate on their second Bicoastal Collective project with a completely different approach than the first. The instrumentation has been cut in half, and the focus has been shifted to yet another coast: England. The relationship between Tynan and Lington began while in school at The University of North Texas but has since been spread from San Jose, California to Ontario, Canada--hence the name of the... read more

George Cotsirilos - On The Rebop
by Veronica Timpanelli, Jazz Review

George Cotsirilos, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, studied classical guitar privately through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community for many years, and best known for his work as a sideman, has performed with a wide array of artists such as Etta James, Bill Evans and The Whispers. He is more recently known for his recordings with the San Francisco... read more

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