Origin Records Reviews

Joe Locke - Subtle Disguise
by Marco Cangiano, New York City Jazz Record

If variety is the spice of life, Joe Locke's latest album seems to have found the right recipe. Seven originals, covers of Bob Dylan and Blind Willie Johnson tunes, a core quartet of Jim Ridl's imaginative keyboards, Lorin
Cohen's colorful bass and Samvel Sarkisyan's nimble drumming, plus a diverse group of guests comprising Adam Rogers (guitar), David Binney (alto saxophone) and vocalists Raul Midón and Alina Engibaryan make
for quite an... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

August 10, 2009

Thelonious Monk seems to bring out the best in Bobby Broom.

For though jazz listeners know Broom for the buoyant, blues-based sensibility of his guitar work, he attains a new degree of fervor in the music of Monk.

Certainly he did over the weekend at the Green Mill Jazz Club, where he celebrated the release of his latest CD, "Bobby Broom Plays for Monk" (Origin Records). Even more than on the recording, the Chicago... read more

Bobby Broom - Song And Dance
by Glenn Astarita, ejazznews

Guitarist Bobby Broom is one of the few jazz artists who can spin a pop standard into a deeply personalized musical statement. The artist's broad musical vernacular serves as a rock-solid foundation, enhanced by his enviable technical faculties. Nonetheless, Broom's longtime gig at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston, Illinois looms as just one anecdote within a rather distinguished career, hearkening back to his days in New York.

Broom's... read more

Marcos Varela - San Ygnacio
by Christian Wissmuller, Jazzed

Bassist Marcos Varela is one of the young bright lights on the NYC jazz scene. A native of Houston, he attended that city's renowned High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, where his fellow alumni include Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, and Beyonce.

Varela arrived in NYC to continue his studies at the New School, leading to performance opportunities with a wide range of artists including George Cables, Billy... read more

Tim Jensen - A Mind For The Scenery
by Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

Not horning in on fame

The best-known musicians on the Portland jazz scene tend to be those who've achieved a good measure of national notice (Tom Grant), kept their names out front as bandleaders (Thara Memory) or served for decades as reliable if low-key masters of the craft (Phil Baker). But name recognition can sometimes take a while to catch up with talent. So if you're not yet familiar with Tim Jensen, don't presume that's... read more

Tad Britton - Black Hills
by Steve Wyzard, Amazon.com

There I was, minding my own business and listening to my local jazz radio station (remember jazz radio?) when suddenly I heard a very gifted piano trio playing a bopish cover of James Taylor's quintessential hit "Fire and Rain". Why hasn't anyone else done this before? I wondered in stunned amazement. Only later was I to discover that this trio was led by drummer Tad Britton, with pianist Marc Seales and bassist Jeff Johnson, and had recorded... read more

Hadley Caliman | Pete Christlieb - Reunion
by Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

Hadley Caliman recorded a few albums in the 1970s then didn't record as a leader for several decades until after retiring from his teaching job, then came a series of CDs issued by Origin, of which this is the third. This reunion with fellow tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb marks their first opportunity to play together since the mid-1960s, aside from one brief meeting in the forty plus year stretch leading up to this record date. Many two... read more

Dana Hall - Into the Light
by -jh, Cincinatti Jazz Scene Examiner

After nearly 20-plus years playing as a sideman for musicians like Kenny Barron, Branford Marsalis, and many others, Dana Hall gets his just due with his debut CD, Into The Light, as a bandleader. Debut or not, Hall's professional and masterful approach to the music is without question, and clearly evident with his jaw-dropping, all-star lineup of Terell Stafford (Trumpet), Tim Warfield, Jr. (Saxes), Bruce Barth (Piano) and Rodney Whitaker... read more

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