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Origin Records Reviews

Origin Records Reviews

Benjamin Boone - The Poets Are Gathering
by Stephen Graham, Marlbank (UK)

Best so far in 2020... Intense and hard-hitting ... socially and politically conscious, often beautiful, work that will make you think and that never shirks from challenging and confronting societal wrongs in a way that transcends the polemics of the newspaper opinion writers and the power grab of politicians... Boone's vision surpasses all... read more

Michael Waldrop - Origin Suite
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Michael Waldrop leads from behind the drumset and vibes as he produces a muscular big band album of fresh material. The charts are all well crafted and quite varied. The major piece is the 3-part title track, with some frantic grooves and unique guitar sounds emanating from Jimi Tunnell's strings. The team creates a caravan with Brad Dutz's tablas on the grooving "Through the Mist" while the brass is upbeat on "Ivana." Some Coltranesque tenor... read more

Anthony Branker - Beauty Within
by Jay Hunter, Nippertown (Albany, NY)

2016 TOP 10 Composer/arranger Anthony Branker doesn't play on his own pieces; like Maria Schneider, he's got people for that. But where Schneider literally needs an army to paint her pastoral pictures, Branker employs an uber-tight quintet of notorious killers to conjure music that soothes your soul one moment, then goes for your throat the next - on the same tune! The front line of saxman Ralph Bowen, guitarist Pete McCann and pianist... read more

Don Lanphere and Pete Christlieb - Get Happy
by Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Don Lanphere, a veteran tenor great from the bop era, and Pete Christlieb, the hard-driving tenor from Los Angeles, make for a very complementary and mutually inspiring team. Lanphere, who recorded with Fats Navarro and had an up-and-down career, returned to full-time activity in the early 1980s and has been heard in prime form ever since; not only is he heard here on tenor, but also on soprano and a bit of alto. Christlieb, who was formerly... read more

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters - Abstract Quantities
by Mathilde Löffler, Jazzenzo (The Netherlands)

'Abstract Quantities' is het derde album van het Amerikaans-Belgische Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Quartet. De trompettist en pianist ontmoetten elkaar tijdens een internationale workshop in Seattle en bouwden met toevoeging van contrabassist Piet Verbist en slagwerker John Bishop aan een succesvolle staat van dienst bestaande uit twee albums en concerten in de Verenigde Staten en België.

De inventieve en veelzijdige composities op... read more

Richard Sussman - Live at Sweet Rhythm
by Kyle O'Brien, Oregon Jazz Scene

Pianist and composer Sussman has gotten the band back together. The band here is called the Free Fall Reunion Band. "Free Fall" was the 1978 album that the group recorded together, which reviewed well in Down Beat. The members of the group went their separate ways, including Sussman, who became both a synth and piano sideman and also an educator at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2003, the group reunited for a gig in New York, and the... read more

Joe Locke - Force of Four
by John Kelman, All About Jazz

Joe Locke couldn't have picked a better name for Force of Four. While not as overtly plugged in as the potent, near fusion-esque Live in Seattle (Origin, 2006) with his Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group, it's an equally electrifying date that revisits the same format?vibes, piano, bass and drums?but with an all-new line-up.

It's taken time for critics and fans to catch up, but with Down Beat's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition nod, the Jazz... read more

Mimi Fox - This Bird Still Flies
by Lou Fancher, The Mercury News

Shook up after a five-hour medical procedure and a nightmare surprise breast cancer diagnosis, jazz guitarist Mimi Fox stood, stunned, in a hospital parking lot. Swirling overhead in the night sky, a flock of birds chirped and sang a complicated, gorgeous, melodic song.

Months later, during treatment, the Vallejo-based composer and musician completed her replicated version of the tune. This "Bird Still Flies" is the title track of Fox's new,... read more

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