Origin Records Reviews

Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre - Love the Moment
by George W Harris, Jazz Weekly

Pianist Oscar Hernandez mixes and matches with scintillating Afro Jazz artists Justo Almario/sax-fl, Oskar Cartaya/b, Christian Moraga/perc, Gilbert Castellanos/tp and Dayren Santamaria/vi for a sizzling session. Almario earns his name as the "Latin Coltrane" here with a wonderfully mysterious soprano outing on "Love The Moment" while his tenor glows over the leader's earthy piano on "Latino Jazz" and the muscular "Alternative Roots." Feathery... read more

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott - East-West Trumpet Summit
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

The two-trumpet ensemble is not a new thing in jazz, but it sure is a good thing in the hands of New Yorker Ray Vega and Seattleite Thomas Marriott. Their paths had crossed on both coasts over recent years, and a friendship and mutual respect developed. Resulting, of course, in this recording. Former Seattle pianist (now New Yorker) Travis Shook leads a rhythm section that also boasts two Seattle aces, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Matt... read more

Dave Liebman | John Stowell - Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet
by Robert Rusch, Cadence

JOHN STOWELL [gtr] and DAVE LIEBMAN [ss/flute/p] have previously worked together on Origin twice. PETITE FLEUR [Origin Records 82753] is their latest pairing [4/17]. The focus this time is on the music of Sidney Bechet and it is a beauty. There's no attempt to duplicate Bechet's wide vibrato - no need to as Bechet stands alone as the first great soprano and Liebman is arguably at the top of today's soprano world. Bechet would say two great... read more

Andrea Brachfeld - Brazilian Whispers
by Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

Brazilian Whispers... How appropriate is that as the title for an album by Andrea Brachfeld. Not only does the instrument she plays - the flute - lend itself to the kind of meditative Brasilian (how the word is actually meant to be spelled) music but the music itself "speaks" - indeed "whispers" - in a very special way to Miss Brachfeld. The repertoire on this album is no exception. Featuring exquisitely crafted arrangements of mesmeric... read more

New York Voices - Reminiscing in Tempo
by Editor, Jazziz

With the release of their 11th album, Reminiscing in Tempo, New York Voices celbrate their 30th year as one of jazz's premier vocal groups. A survey of some of their favorite composers, the album contains interpretations of songs by Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Ivan Lins and Fred Hersch, as well as a couple of original tunes. The Voices dive into the Great American Songbook with a swinging read of Cole Porter's "It's... read more

Randy Halberstadt - Parallel Tracks
by George Fendel, Jazz Scene

Hey, if you want to talk about Seattle's three or four best piano practitioners, you'd better put Randy Halberstadt on the list. Right around the top. I heard him a few years back here in PDX accompanying singer Meredith d'Ambrosio, and remember being duly impressed. Well, here's Randy with a couple more giants, Jeff Johnson, bass and Gary Hobbs, drums. This exciting trio works seamlessly together on standards like Moonray, In The Wee Small... read more

RadioAction - Hi-Fi
by Staff, Cadance Magazine

RadioAction is a skillful and apparently young quartet that's located solidly in the hard bop stream. Strong identity and emotional depth aren't qualties that come to mind in assessing this group, but they do play with conviction, a certain sense of the stylistic niceties, and an attentiveness to one another's nuances. The thoughfulness shows in the choice of repertoire like Berlin's "Russian Lullaby," with its almost fugal treatment, and Gil... read more

Andrea Brachfeld - Brazilian Whispers
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Andrea Brachfeld plays both C and alto flute with a galloping team of Bill O'Connell/p-key, Harvie S-Lincoln Goines/b, Jason Tiemann-T. Portinho/dr, Roni Ben-Hur/g and Chembo Corniel/perc on this mix of Jobim and originals. O'Connell's keyboards give a vintage CTI soul feel to the rich read of "Double Rainbow" and "Ligia" as Portinho's brushes glide to the rich "Triste E Solitaria". Brachfeld is dreamy on "Passarim" and blends with Ben_hur" on... read more

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