Origin Records Reviews

Clay Giberson - Minga Minga
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Clay Giberson goes solo on piano for eleven of his own compositions that show an allegiance to impressionists like Satie and Debussy. There is a lyrical classicism to pieces like "Little Bird" and the reflective "Burst" while "Adah" has Giberson using silence as a note.A dash of Gershwin buoyancy adds a dash to "Astir" and " Closer to You" and he shows his ability to swing on "Minga." His hands feel warm on "Stride Right" while a touch of... read more

Tim Jensen - A Mind For The Scenery
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Red flags flare up when a disc comes in with the tag "eclectic" lurking in the press material. The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word as "selecting or made up of what seems best of varied sources." But the word sometimes serves as a shorthand forķin the world of music assessmentķunfocused or lacking continuity of vision. Fortunately, multiple reedman Tim Jensen's A Mind for the Scenery holds to the true definition.

The Portland,... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by Paul Abella, ChicagoJazz.com

Over the past couple of decades, Bobby Broom has proven himself to be an amazing musician and fascinating guitarist on weekly gigs, both solo, and with the awesome Deep Blue Organ Trio. Throw in playing time with Sonny Rollins and you've got a guy who's played with the best and learned from the best.

It's no wonder that his discography has found him moving all over the place, from an attempt to recreate the Benson Cookbook band, to an album... read more

Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet - Andarta
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

Pianist Roy Assaf and bassist Eddy Khaimovich hail from Israel, as does Romen Itzik, the drummer in their quartet. But they didn't know each other before they met in New York in 2006, while attending the Manhattan School of Music.

Both Assaf and Khaimovich began their musical careers playing in classical organizations in Israel; neither became involved in the jazz scene until they'd been in the States for several years. They soon were... read more

Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
by Michael J. West, Jazztimes

"Typical" and "generic" aren't synonyms. Pianist Florian Hoefner works to create music that " doesn't sound like generic jazz." To be sure, Luminosity, Hoefner's third album with his quartet, is not generic, with its oblong structures and meters that require listeners to search for the 1. But its use of those elements to distinguish it does make it fairly typical mid-2010s postbop.

But never mind: The point is it's very... read more

EEA - The Dark
by Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

One may not suspect the existence of jazz in a place like Reno, Nevada, but I, for one, was aware that there was a scene present because I had relatives living there and spent time in this beautiful town-- a smaller-Las Vegas, but in a much lovelier location near Lake Tahoe and the Donner Pass into Northern California. My relatives lived in Sparks - where this album was recorded - and I have fond memories of some of the jazz music I saw while... read more

Kim Richmond Ensemble - Live At Cafe Metropol
by Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

The first live CD by Kim Richmond's sextet is full of extended performances (five of the seven numbers clock in between 9:46 and 16:08) and dynamic solos. When the song is a standard, such as a lengthy exploration of "You Don't Know What Love Is" or "Invitation," the renditions are episodic, benefiting from Richmond's arranging skills. The originals (of which the explosive "Fuzzy Wuzzy" is a highpoint) are inside/outside, allowing the soloists... read more

Kelly Harland - Long Ago And Far Away, Kelly Harland Sings The Music of Jerome Kern
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise, December 4, 2003

Vocalist Kelly Harland has been singing for a long, long time. I'm sure you've heard her, but I'm also sure - unless you're a music insider - that you don't know her.

Why? Because she's what is known as an "on-call" studio and backup vocalist. This Seattle-based artists is one of the many folks who make singing commercials and is hired by visiting "name" acts, to be part of background vocal groups that support the shows.

"Long Ago and Far... read more

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