Origin Records Reviews

Tom Collier - Mallet Fantastique
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Mallet percussionist Tom Collier finally educates listeners on the difference between the vibraphone and marimba: it is the sound. These mallet-driven instruments make a great alternative to the piano, both in solo and ensemble settings. They are rich instruments, the vibraphone with its resonant presence and the marimba with its organic woodiness. Mallet Fantastique houses six extended compositions for mallets that Collier recorded between 2004... read more

Chad McCullough - Dark Wood, Dark Water
by Ken Watkins, 100 Greatest Jazz Albums Blog

Debut albums as leader don't come more accomplished or more highly recommendable than "Dark Wood, Dark Water".

Trumpeter Chad McCullough has assembled a three horn front-line backed by an accomplished rhythm trio that allows the full range of his writing and arrangement talents to emerge.

The sextet - Chad McCullough (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mark Taylor (alto sax, soprano sax), Geof Bradfield (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bill Anschell (piano),... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by John Barron, All About Jazz

Chicago-based guitarist Bobby Broom pays tribute to jazz icon Thelonious Monk on Plays For Monk, a fresh take on eight of the late pianist's compositions, along with a couple of standards associated with Monk's repertoire. Joining Broom for his third release on Seattle's Origin Records are his long time trio mates, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins.

Broom does a tremendous job navigating Monk's music in a bare-bones guitar trio... read more

Dana Hall - Into the Light
by Ethan Krow, Audiophile Audition

Showing off is not always a bad thing, as evidenced by Dana Hall's latest release, Into The Light. On the album, Hall himself will not be contained, moving tempos and rhythms in new directions constantly, and he asks the same of his band mates. Each song takes the group in a new direction, showcasing the versatility of the unit and Hall's own ability to craft many different kinds of compositions.

The album starts with a Herbie Hancock... read more

Marius Nordal - Notoriety
by Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

It's easy to classify a jazz performer as a journeyman when he/she isn't well-known, doesn't have a slew of CDs, awards, or other accouterments of fame. Perhaps that's OK now and then, but not in the case of Marius Nordal. Working out of the jazz-rich Northwest U.S., he has carved himself a niche by working gigs, doing big band arrangements, teaching, and, in all cases, being a consummate master of the keys. On his initial album for the Origin... read more

Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
by Eugenio Mirti, JAZZiT (Italy)

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul." (Wassily Kandinsky)

German pianist that has long lived in New York before moving to Canada, Florian Hofner has published three records with his group, the latest "Luminosity" featuring Seamus Blake on sax. His knowledge of both European... read more

Sam Yahel - Truth And Beauty
by Birney K. Brown, Audiophile Auditiion

Organ trios have never been my thing. I think my entire jazz collection includes only one by Jimmy Smith and a Larry Young disc. But many people love this stuff. I strongly suggest that enthusiasts of this genre quickly check out this release. The three band members have substantial experience playing with each other and it really shows. Both tenorman Redman and drummer Blade are magnificent at conceptualizing and implementing Yahel's... read more

John Stowell | Michael Zilber - Live Beauty
by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

Nice live set from a sax-guitar-bass-drums quartet. Zilber's effusive attitude on sax matches well with Stowell's tastefulness on guitar. Plenty to like on this straight-ahead modern jazz... read more

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