Origin Records Reviews

Greta Matassa - All This And Heaven Too
by Jason West, JazzSteps

Greta Matassa packs the energy, embellishment and awe of a gospel choir into her voice, wedding the secular and spiritual to invariably produce roof-raising performances. A spontaneous singer who is not afraid to challenge herself, Greta takes a lot of risks with her voice and sometimes these risks get her into trouble on this live recording, where, unlike a studio session, second chances are not an option. On "Why Try to Change Me Now/Crazy He... read more

Laurie Antonioli - Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

The concept of a jazz-informed program of Joni Mitchell tunes isn't exactly novel anymore. Herbie Hancock's high profile River: The Joni Letters (Verve, 2007) took home two Grammy Awards; vocalist Tierney Sutton got some well-deserved attention when she put her own spin on Mitchell's work with After Blue (BFM, 2013); somewhat under-the-radar releases from artists like David Lahm and Rachel Z have made something of an impact on a... read more

Tom Collier - Across the Bridge
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

GUITAR HEAVEN! Why would I make that headline for an album put together by a guy who plays vibes and marimba? Well, what Tom Collier did was bring in two of today's most important guitarists, Larry Coryell and Bill Frisell, and even through in his bassist Dan Dean for a few swipes at the 6 strings. Then John Bishop and Ted Poor trade off at drums, and yet get some rock oriented jazz, or jazz oriented rock.

Coryell teams with marimba... read more

Sam Yahel - Truth And Beauty
by Pico, myLot.com Blogcritics

Whether it's for gigging with Joshua Redman, opening for Steely Dan, sessioning with Norah Jones or forging a new approach to the jazz organ, Sam Yahel deserves your notice. Find out what sets Yahel apart from other Hammond B-3 players and get his insights on why his just-released CD Truth And Beauty isn't just for jazz listeners.

Tell me about how you got to make music your profession and the organ your keyboard of choice.

For me... read more

John Moulder - Bifrost
by John Kelman, All About Jazz.com

A longtime member of ex-Pat Metheny Group drummer Paul Wertico's trio, enough has already been written about John Moulder's double life as jazz guitarist and ordained priest. Bifr÷st is Moulder's follow-up to the ambitious and eclectic Trinity (Origin, 2006), where the guitarist's spirituality became a touchstone for music ranging from the ethereal to the grounded, and from elegant folklore to potent, angst-driven fusion. What makes Bifr÷st... read more

Marius Nordal - Ways of the Hand
by Butch Berman, Berman Music Review

It's getting hard to keep up with the breadth of material - and most of it, in my opinion, is very good - from Origin Records. Another group of great talented guys (as with Don Lanphere) - still never met face-to-face but have been musically acquainted since both (BMF and Origin) of our inceptions. Their current Seattle catalog is growing and is of superb quality and variety.

Such are two entrees I for some reason checked out back-to-back... read more

Dan Cray - Outside In
by Quentin Coaxum, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Outside In marks Dan Cray's second release on Origin Records. Once based in Chicago, Cray now resides in Brooklyn and has returned to the studio to record music inspired by his travels throughout Big Sure and the Sierra Mountains. Recorded in New York, Cray has set out to create music inspired by nature's natural ambiance and inner peace.

The album opens with an original composition by Cray, "Small Sir," and is initiated by a... read more

Chris Walden Big Band - Home Of My Heart
by EJ Iannelli, All About Jazz

Recorded several years ago, in late 2002, Home of My Heart sounds as if it could have beenˇwere it not for its handful of latter-day charts by eighties pop supernova Christopher Cross and film composer John Williamsˇrecorded several decades earlier. The prevailing sound is classic big band, delighting in the force of its multitudes while consistently spotlighting its individual soloists.

Walden, who first made a name for himself in Europe... read more

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