Origin Records Reviews

Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach - Varuna
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Intimate interaction takes place between vocalist Laurie Antonioli and pianist Richie Beirach during this (mostly) duet session. Bassist Pepe Berns shows up for a sensitive read of "Gentle Rain" and a three part "Resolution Suite" but for the most part you get voice and ivories searching various dynamics and rhythms. Sometimes Antonioli whispers and speaks low when she speaks love, whle on "Summer Night" the two swing it confidently. A read of... read more

Human Spirit - Dialogue
by Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

Seattle, Washington-based trumpeter/composer/blogger Jason Parker highly recommended that I listen to "Dialogue" (Origin Records), the new CD from the trio of trumpeter Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor (alto saxophone) and drummer Matt Jorgensen. It's actually the ensemble's 2nd CD which was released in 2010 in Marriott's name as "Human Spirit." That's now the name of the group.

The 8 tracks here were recorded in October of 2011 at... read more

Jack Perla - Enormous Changes
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

A very personal album from a cat that has had his share of enormous changes over the last few years, Perla takes a break from his opera world commissions and heads back to late 60s jazz rock for a mental and spiritual cleansing that finds him right in the pocket of pre-fusion where the seeds were being sown. This feels much like the kind of post civil rights jazz "Stan" Clarke was recording for Polydor prior to Return to Forever coming... read more

Scenes - Along The Way
by Rick Holland, Jazz Radio 247

Origin has released a beautiful disc featuring a guitar-led rhythm section, featuring John Stowell. He's accompanied by John Bishop and Jeff Johnson. This disc features 10 new originals by John Stowell and Jeff Johnson. They're explorative originals, which expand a players harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. The group plays them passionately and creatively.

Scenes was a group that originally started as a quartet. Tenor saxophonist Rick... read more

Marc Seales - American Songs, Volume 3: Time & Place
by Chris Lunn, Ancient Victorys

Seales, from our 1970's jazz sessions at the Other Side of the Tracks, continues with the third in a series of jazz music interpretations. Fred Hamilton is on guitar, the amazing bass of Jeff Johnson or the electric bass of Dave Captein, and drums by Gary Hobbs. Seales has taken Americana or created his own songs from blues, funk, highway, and country. Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" has a Chicago feel mainly in the bass and sharp piano... read more

Chris Walden - Chris Walden: Symphony No. 1 - The Four Elements
by Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz

Chris Walden is probably best known to AAJ readers as a big band leader and composer. But his interest in developing other forms has already garnered him two Grammy nominations, and here he ventures into the serious orchestral realm. He takes the four elements?Earth, Water, Air and Fire?and uses them as the basis of four symphonic movements in the post-romantic programmatic style of Richard Strauss, Holst, Sibelius, and others of the late... read more

Chad McCullough Bram Weijters - Urban Nightingale
by Herman te Loo, Jazzflits- Netherlands

The title of this second CD by the Bram Weijters / Chad McCullough Quartet is well chosen. The melodies that the Belgian pianist and American trumpeter have written are sweet-toned like a nightingale. But they are embedded in a contemporary urban context. The two leaders are sometimes shamelessly romantic, like the melody of 'Love Song' or 'Downtime', giving the immediately appealing charm of a pop song. But the successor of "Imaginary... read more

Lorin Cohen - Home
by Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Though he's lived in New York since 2012, bassist Lorin Cohen reveals the modesty instilled by his Chicago upbringing on his recently released debut Home (Origin), playing with a soulful muscularity and helming his band's harmonic shapes and rhythmic thrust rather than trying to command center stage. Cohen understands what it takes to make a band sound better without drawing attention to himself. Before leaving town he spent five years on the... read more

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