Origin Records Reviews

Hal Galper / Reggie Workman / Rashied Ali - Art-Work
by Geoffrey Himes, The Village Voice

2009 Jazz Critics Poll

Geoffrey Himes (JazzTimes, Washington Post)

Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch)
Fly: Sky & Country (ECM)
Joe Lovano: Folk Art (Blue Note)
Dave Douglas: A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music)
Branford Marsalis: Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music)
Vijay Iyer: Historicity (ACT)
David Binney: Third Occasion (Mythology)
Matt Wilson: That's Gonna Leave a Mark... read more

Giacomo Gates - Centerpiece
by Joe Lang, New Jersey Jazz

Jazz vocalist and terminal hipster Giacomo Gates just keeps getting better and better with each recording. "Centerpiece" (Origin 82428) finds Gates backed by Harold Danko on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Greg Bandy on drums, Vincent Herring on alto sax and Vic Juris on guitar. Gates has many assets, among them a rich and flexible voice, a natural sense of swing, the ability to scat musically and logically, and an attentiveness to lyrics that is... read more

Carlos Vega - Bird's Up
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Left leaning Latin jazz first stewed in Chicago and later brewed in Miami, Vega brings it back home to tear it up with Chicago locals that love riding the groove express. Tasty, high octane stuff that finds the sax man and his pals giving it their all and giving more than you'd expect. A winner throughout.... read more

The Acoustic Jazz Quartet - Organic
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

With the exception of Alone Together, the AJQ, as they may one day be known, provides only original material here. I've heard tenor David Sills play bop and ballads and admire his warm, "reeled-in" sound. Playing mates Jamie Findlay, guitar; Zac Matthews, bass and Dean Koba, drums, all lend to a tightly knit quartet with a clean and precise approach. But where's the Monk, Miles and... read more

Toby Koenigsberg - Sense
by Birney K. Brown, Audiophile Audition

To summarize this 2006 release first: This is an absolutely superb piano trio delivering a magnificent program. I've listened to this disc numerous times, both on my dedicated home system and in the car. One of my first impressions was how well the group was captured by the engineer. I then noticed that the HDCD indicator light was glowing on my DAC. Although there is no indication in the packaging, this CD is HDCD encoded. One needs not... read more

Scenes - Destinations
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

4-STARS There are wondrous stories to be found in everything the eye can see, the ear can hear, and the imagination can dream up. Scenes - the trio of guitarist John Stowell, bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop - has been readily and steadily making that point for more than fifteen years, harnessing natural beauty and concocting chimerical designs that extol the virtues of elasticity, mutability, and high-level communication.... read more

Cuong Vu - Leaps of Faith
by Shaun Brady, Jazziz

Q&A with Cuong Vu: Back in Seattle

With his career heating up following a stint in the Pat Metheny Group, in 2006 Cuong Vu made the opposite of the usual exodus and moved from New York City back to his former home of Seattle. There the Vietnamese-born trumpeter, now 41, revitalized the young jazz scene centered around the university of Washington. One former student, bassist Luke Bergman, appears on both of Vu's new releases: 'Leaps of... read more

Ron Di Salvio - Essence of Green, A Tribute to Kind Of Blue
by George Fendel, Platter Chatter

If you were into Kind of Blue (and who wasn't?), or if you tend to lean in the direction of what is sometimes referred to as chamber jazz, give this one a listen. Di Salvio has brought together a skilled and sensitive group of musicians, the most famous of whom is drummer Jimmy Cobb (who, you might recall, sat at the drum set on Kind of Blue). These are all original tunes, but they were written with the essence of Miles Davis trumpet and the... read more

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