OA2 Records Reviews

Debbie Poryes - Loving Hank
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

It must be assumed that pianist Debbie Poryes has named her trio album as an homage to Hank Jones, as her compositions, as well as her interprations, display a similar gentility and regality as the famed bop icon. With Peter Barshay/b and David Rokeach/dr she produces a wistful "Both Sides Now" while creating sublime colors on "Autumn in New York." Even Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" is relaxed and elegant, while the title track dedicated to... read more

Debbie Poryes - Loving Hank
by Dave Rogers, WTJU - Richmond

Pianist / composer / teacher Debbie Poryes offers her fourth release dedicated to jazz pianist Hank Jones. In fact, "Loving Hank" is one of six original compositions by Porves and it opens the disc. The remaining compositions include Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" and Cole Porter's "All Of You". All but one song is performed by Porves in a trio setting with Peter Barshay (bass) and David Rokeach (drums). Erik... read more

Phil Parisot - Creekside
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Drummer Phil Parisot leads a vintage sounding post bop team of Tatum Greenblatt/tp, Steve Treseler/ts, Dan Kramlich/p and Michael Glynn/b through a decalogue of rich originals. His drums snap to the Horace Silver meeting New Orleans groove of "Emerald Crescent" while going kinetic with Kramlich on the crisp "Disruption." His brushes mingle with Glynn's suave bass on "Azalea" and the languid "Earth Tones," with Treseler's beefy tenor and... read more

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra - Cheap Rent
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Yes, the name is intriguing - but what should one expect musically from the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra? Bits and pieces of a number of disparate elements, really, from straight-ahead contemporary motifs to shuffle beats and old-line swing, from down-home New Orleans rhythms to throwback grooves from the '70s and even a seductive ballad. What matters most is that every number is capably performed by an ensemble comprised... read more

George Cotsirilos - Past Present
by Jerome Wilson, Cadence, Oct-Dec 2010

Past Present is a no-nonsense, straight ahead Jazz guitar trio session that even is described as "blue collar" in the liner notes. Cotsirilos is a supple guitar player who hits all his notes chords, and melodies with little fuss. He can do blazing Bebop runs, work a smart bossa nova rhythm and, as he shows on Past Present, even has decent acoustic folk chops. His rhythm section, Fisher and Marabuto, really interacts well with his... read more

Nadav Snir-Zelniker - Thinking Out Loud
by Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

Israeli-born drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker joins Todd Coolman on bass and Ted Rosenthal on piano for this enjoyable collection of standards and originals. From the joyful opener, "Pizmon Layakinton," they tackle a burning rendition of "Secret Love" before diving into inventive interpretations of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan" and Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," the latter underscored by Snir-Zelniker's slick brushwork and insistent ride-cymbal pulse.... read more

Tom Tallitsch - Medicine Man
by Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

A nice sophomore set from Philadelphia area saxman Tom Tallitsch, Medicine Man casually grooves its way through a series of original compositions while making full use of the accompanying band. Indeed, Tallitsch is heard less than one might expect on an album that he leads. Not that he's absent in any way from the proceedings, but this is definitely an ensemble album, not a solo project. The opening title track starts out the affair with a... read more

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings - One Day It Will
by Doug Hall, All About Jazz

LIVE REVIEW Acclaimed San Diego pianist and composer Danny Green and his trio, Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm performed a set supporting their CD release One Day It Will (2018), at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Ma. Sat June 16th. The intimate setting of this small venue in the heart of a Cambridge neighborhood offered the perfect setting for the lyrically charged and the ethereal, absorbing, supple narrative of Green's compositions. The... read more

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