OA2 Records Reviews

Daniel Barry - Walk All Ways
by Jim Santella, LA Jazz Scene, June 2008

Based in Seattle, jazz trumpeter Daniel Barry has a musical statement to make that opens up to the whole world. He combines jazz improvisation with classical impressions to create this program, drawing from cultures the world over. Along with woodwind player James DeJoie, accordionist Steve Rice, double bassist Chris Symer, percussionist Scott Ketron and several others, the trumpeter embarks on a tour that intrigues and thrills.

A graduate of... read more

Tunnel Six - Lake Superior
by David Franklin, Cadence

For a group of players that individually live all over North America, Tunnel Six shows remarkably skillful ensemble interaction. This is the first recording by the band, whose members first played together at a Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, in 2009, although they have toured in both Canada and the United States. Their compositions, all by band members, are quite tuneful, but also sophisticated formally and metrically.... read more

George Cotsirilos - Variations
by Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com

The jazz guitar trio is risky with the end result usually feast or famine with very little middle ground. The George Cotsirilos Trio seemingly owns this format with a warmth and intimacy seldom captured since the Blue Note days of Kenny Burrell. Swing, what is it? How do you know when you are in love? You feel swing, it comes from that sweet spot just past your soul. Bop oriented style guitarists of this ability are a rare breed. Bassist Robb... read more

Afro Bop Alliance - Revelation
by D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter

O's Notes: This is a powerful Latin large ensemble that swings hard over eight compositions. Conductor Roland Vazquez, leader Joe McCarthy (d, perc), Victor Provost (steel pans) and Luis Hernandez (sax) all contribute original compositions to the mix. We especially enjoyed the vibrancy of "Creencias", "CuBop" and "Family of Four" making Revelation one of 2016's best Latin... read more

Tim Green - Catching Yourself Gracefully
by Butch Berman, Berman Music Review

Before I can say anything nice about pianist Tim Green, I must tell you first about my encounters with his bass player, Jim Cox. Without first meeting Jim, no Tim.

I first met Mr. Cox when involved with bringing jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg to Lincoln for Jazz in June a couple of years ago. Jim was his bassist. Move ahead to now. While waiting for a call from the Rob Scheps-Zach Brock Quintet, who were a little late getting into town... read more

Tom Dempsey / Tim Ferguson - Waltz New
by Robert Rusch, Cadence

TOM DEMPSEY [gtr] and TIM FERGUSON [b] have been recording together almost 20 years and WALTZ NEW [OA2 Records 22140] is their latest collaboration. This 6/16/15 recording is, among other things, a tribute to their friend Jim Hall and of the 11 tracks, 6 are Hall compositions, with the rest standards and one Dempsey original. This is, I believe, the second recording by the quartet (the first issued 2010). The quartet is smooth and very... read more

Florian Hoefner - Falling Up
by Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

Florian Hoefner is a German born pianist with an incredibly strong resume. He graduated from the Manhattan School Of Music with a Master's degree in music, is a teacher of his craft and is also a member of the band Subtone as well as leading his own quartet. Falling Up is the group's second album.

Let me start by saying how much I enjoyed this album. This talented band includes Mike Ruby (tenor and soprano saxophones), Sam Anning (bass) and... read more

Lynn Baker Quartet - Azure Intention
by Kyle O'Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon

Denver-based saxophonist Baker is the Director of Jazz studies at the University of Denver, and on this, his debut recording for OA2 records, he shows a sophistication and lovely tone. There is introspection on the opening tracks, "Color Line" and "Lament," which are both beautiful and melancholy. Baker's improvising is fluid and not flashy, even when the tunes get quick, as on "Into the Blues." He lets the chords move him through the pieces,... read more

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