Origin Records Reviews

2x2: Galvao/Santiago/Landais/Enouf - 2x2
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

The co-op team of Sergio Galvao/ts-ss, Lupa Santiago/g, Clement Landais/b and Franck Enouf/dr deliver 9 fresh originals. The feel is fluid and lithe, with Galvao's serene soprano on the tensile "Sans Gluten," or dancing along Landais' bass line on the lively "Rouen Donato." His warm tenor flows with Santiago's #2 pencil tone on the flowing "Traffic D'Affluence" or chomping and comping together on the mix of Memphis and Brazil during "Nao... read more

Bridge Quartet - Night
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

I don't know if the use of the word Bridge in this group's name is a reference to Portland's numerous Willamette River crossings or, perhaps, a suggestion that this ismusic to reach out to anyone willing to listen. Perhaps both concepts might be fitting. Three quarters of this quartet are resident Portlanders: Darrell Grant, piano; Tom Wakeling, bass; and Alan Jones, drums. The fourth is tenor saxophonist Phil Dwyer, who makes frequent forays... read more

Ark Ovrutski - Intersection
by Mike Jurkovic, Elmore Magazine

Since his arrival in America from Kiev in 2005, bassist/composer Ark Ovrutski has steadily gained deserved entrance into the NY jazz scene with his intuitive fusion of global musics and their vivid interplay, all of which is on full display on Intersection.

Bill Evans's imitable "Waltz for Debby" opens Intersection and finds this top-shelf quintet - trombonist Michael Dease, saxophonist Michael Thoms, pianist Helio Alves, percussionist... read more

Dana Hall - Into the Light
by Kevin Whitehead, NPR Music Reviews

Dana Hall doesn't often hog the spotlight on his debut album, Into the Light. He doesn't need to; he plays more stuff behind other musicians than some drummers do in a solo. Hall stays busy back there, exhorting and swinging the band, playing contrary rhythms, shifting his patterns and punctuating everybody else's solos.

Here, Herbie Hancock's "I Have a Dream" is played more or less in the style of the Miles Davis quintet with Tony Williams... read more

Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach - Varuna
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

4 1/2 STARS There is a tuneful Constellation in the West and her name is Laurie Antonioli. Returning to her native Bay Area in 2006 after an expatriate period in Europe, where she served as professor of voice at Austria's Kug University, she formed her "American Dreams" band recording, most recently, the critically well-received albums, American Dreams (Intrinsic Music, 2010) and what is considered her breakout, the excellent... read more

Josh Nelson - The Sky Remains
by Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat

4-STARS Pianist Josh Nelson thinks big. His own projects, showcased so far in clubs only, are multimedia affairs with scenery and video projections to live music. The music for these phantasmagoria is equally expansive, often revolving around Los Angeles history, science fiction and things celestial. The son of a Disney imagineer, he sees the town as the ultimate thrill ride. Nelson's triumph is essaying his personal obsessions in ways... read more

Bobby Broom - Upper West Side Story
by Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition

****1/2 Stars

Unlike many jazz artists, Bobby Broom made a name for himself quickly. At the age of sixteen, he auditioned and was invited to tour with Sonny Rollins. His mother interceded and Broom attended Berklee School of Music in Boston instead. There he played with Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison. After returning to New York, he reunited with Rollins, and this time toured extensively (including... read more

Dan Dean - Songs Without Words
by Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

After years of playing and producing music for musicians such as vibraphonist Tom Collier, the virtuoso bassist - and it turns out one with rather operatic intentions - and master of the art of whistling as well Dan Dean steps out and into his own studio to record quite magical versions of chorales, arias and concertos without nothing but his velvet tenor, his trusted bass and the art of whistling - all on the disc entitled Songs without... read more

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