OA2 Records Reviews

Phil Parisot - Lingo
by Rotcod Zzaj, Improvisation Nation

I've been a firm believer in the power of jazz for decades, and Seattle-based drummer Phil shows why that belief is totally justified... he's joined by stellar players Steve Treseler on tenor & soprano sax, Dan Kramlich on piano/Fender Rhodes and Michael Glynn on acoustic bass, and as you listen to compositions like the title track, "Lingo", you'll know that (for jazz lovers), it just doesn't get any better than this (just LOVED Dan's Fender... read more

Nathan Eklund - Crafty Christmas
by Rob Young, Urban Flux

As we approach the upcoming Christmas Season holiday music is beginning to emerge impeccably with expected side effects of cheer that fills the air with a fragrance draped in the spirit of love, peace and hope. Maybe it�s by happenstance regardless of our condition for our pleasure these sounds arrive with the sole purpose of inspiring us at this time of year. In this case, trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn and producer Nathan Eklund is one of... read more

Idit Shner - Tuesday's Blues
by Matt Cibula, e.music.com

Listen to this debut album from Israeli saxophonist Idit Shner and one thing leaps out at you: the muscularity. Shner's tone is strong and confident, whether she is stating a melody or busting out alone. On "Yellow Moon," the opener, her solo is more of an announcement ?I HAVE ARRIVED! ?recalling prime Michael Brecker or Maceo Parker. The impression is helped by the rest of her take-no-prisoners quartet; Steve Pruitt whacks the hell out of those... read more

Marco de Carvalho - For The Moment
by Adam Greenburg, All Music Guide

For the Moment is an album of light Brazilian jazz from Rio-based composer/guitarist Marco de Carvalho, now living in Seattle. The mood is thoroughly laid-back (as the third track will confirm), with de Carvalho's light guitar work dominating the proceedings, and some soft drumming from Tad Britton, and Daniel de Carvalho laying the rhythm at the base of the compositions. The backing musicians are a collection of Seattle-ites and Brazilians,... 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

Mark O'Connor - Suspended Reality
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

With a long gap between albums as a leader, saxophonist Mark O'Connor leads his group through a fairly casual set on Suspended Reality, building a layer of instrumentation around a focal set of sax lines. The sound is locked into a slight blues groove for most of the proceedings, O'Connor combining with piano and bass to provide a strong night club aesthetic. Just a hint of gospel creeps in when it's called for, just a bit of soul-jazz creeps in... read more

Ben Winkelman - Heartbeat
by Tom Haugen, Take Effect

The New York City pianist Ben Winkelman was awaiting the birth of his first child during the onset of the pandemic, and this 6th album draws from the ups and down of that time, where Gilad Hekselman, Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire are along for the 9 originals.

"Praise" leads the listen with gospel nods, as Winkelman's colorful keys and Hekselman's spirited guitar interact with much warmth, and "Fort Tilden" follows with a distinct dreaminess... read more

Jarod Bufe - New Spaces
by Hobart Taylor, KUCI, Irvine

Honey rolling down hill. Delicate finish of an ancient claret. The refreshed feeling waking from a pleasant but unremembered dream. Jarod Bufe on tenor sax, Tim Stine, guitar, Matt Ulery, bass, Jon Deitemeyer, drums.... read more

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