OA2 Records Reviews

Liam Sillery - Outskirts
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

On a third release for Origin's more exploratory arm OA2, trumpeter Liam Sillery moves slightly toward the realm of free jazz. The pieces are not entirely improvised, nor are they fully charted. Indeed, the band works in collective improvisation at varying levels throughout the album, exploring new phrasing ideas, exploring some off-kilter motifs and some particularly dissonant triads la Sun Ra. Sillery himself honks his way through here and... read more

JazzVox - Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard
by Chris Robinson, Outside Inside Out

For the most part I am allergic to jazz vocals. I'm not really sure why this is the case, other than it's just a personal taste thing - not any kind of indictment on jazz singing in general. I definitely appreciate the talents and artistry of jazz singers (for contemporary singers Roberta Gambarini can't be topped), but I generally can't get with jazz vocals.

For the curious, some of my favorite jazz vocalists are Nancy Wilson - especially... read more

Rich Pellegrin - Three-Part Odyssey
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

Seattle is a place where jazz can be treated as an experiment, and pianist/composer Pellegrin, who is getting his Ph.D. at the University of Washington, takes a studious approach to his music. This is dense jazz from note one. The opener, "Nothing Comes to Mind," is an atonal but rhythmic exploration, with trumpeter R. Scott Morning and saxophonist Neil Welch sharing an obtuse melody before Pellegrin takes over on the solo, which gets hot and... read more

Tom Tallitsch - Medicine Man
by Karl Stark, Philadelphia Enquirer

After 12 years in Philly, tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch can meet the demands for what a tenor should sound like.

This is no small thing. The Cleveland native, who was schooled at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a regular on a club scene here, where the tenor standards are high. Tallitsch doesn't hammer you with technique; instead, he finds the magisterial in an unhurried way.

Tallitsch plays a big tenor,... read more

Edgar Steinitz - Roots Unknown
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

It's Jewish jazz, but is it? Drawing on the various modes from the various Jewish divisions, it's all cooked up into an interesting brew where even tunes from "Fiddler on the Roof" take on a new take and are more interesting than ethnic Broadway diversions. Not klez, this is a percolating set that jumps with the joy of living and could do more for the middle east than all the diplomacy combined. Wild... read more

Nelda Swiggett - This Time
by Dick Crockett, Bopndicks 10 Picks

Seattle-based pianist Nelda Swiggett has a bright smooth swinging quality to her mainstream approach and a minimalist almost bare knuckles attitude. Her key strokes are bold and assertive, as if she knows exactly the direction of her music. And you feel it, directional-determined and cool. She has written all original compositions and three with lyrics. Her vocals are care free and warm, juxtaposed to her driving style on piano. She's been... read more

Cheryl Fisher - Quietly There
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Cheryl Fisher has a clear and sultry tone on this album of covers. Along with Eric Allison/wwinds, John Toomey/p-key, John Stowell/g, Jeff Johnson/b, Burnis stubbs/perc and Bob Tildesley/tp, she brings her easy on the ears vibrato to "Quietly There" and softly growls on "It Amazes Me.' She's able to give a dramatic feel to the modal "Flowers In The Sink" and brings forth a strong cabaret feel with Toomey's piano on "I Never Went Away."... read more

Barney McClure - Show Me!
by Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

Long-time readers of this 'zine will know that nothing gets me more excited than great organ playing, & Barney's Hammond B3 is certainly among the best I've heard in the last decade, especially when paired with the Central Washington University Big Band... it's not a combination I hear often (most organ-related submissions here are quartets or quintets), but as you listen to the stellar (& smokin') energy on "Hookin' It", you'll hear right... read more

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