Origin Records Reviews

twopool - Traffic Bins
by John Barron, The Jazz Word

Twopool is an experimental quartet led by cellist/bassist Jonas Tauber with fellow Swiss musicians Andreas Tschopp on trombone, alto saxophonist Andrea Oswald and drummer Christian Wolfarth. Their disc Traffic Bins, part of Origin Records' Zürich Series, consists of thirteen tracks of completely improvised musical conversations.

Amid the clang and clatter emerge sensible developments of theme and rhythm, basking momentarily in thick tension... read more

Rich Thompson - Less Is More
by Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Drummer and educator Rich Thompson's third release as a leader Less is More, on the Seattle based Origin records, is a suave mix of quintessential hard bop standards; show tunes and a couple of originals that is full of delightful group dynamics and individual virtuosity. Thompson leads his quartet with a relaxed confidence and impeccable dexterity all the while maintaining both a thematic unity and a uniform excellence throughout.

Opening... read more

Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimee - Burstin' Out!
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene

This CD could have easily been released under the name of the singer on the session, Cyrille Aimée. She sings on all 12 tracks and that, in essence, makes it her album as much as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's. The CJO has been making music since 1978, and I'd suggest that if they were out of New York, we'd all be well acquainted with them. The arrangements are picture perfect, and the soloists tell the story with profound musicianship. The... read more

Tom Collier - Across the Bridge
by Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes

Tom Collier's new album, Across the Bridge, is an exhilarating collection of modern jazz-rock originals "on the other side of the West Seattle Bridge." Collier, who has taught percussion studies at the University of Washington since 1980 and is primarily a vibraphonist, recruited two of today's best genre-bending guitarists, Larry Coryell and Bill Frisell, to help make this music. The personnel switches up from track to... read more

Kobie Watkins Grouptet - Movement
by Michael Ferber, Michael's Jazz Blog

Drummer Kobie Watkins, born and raised in Chicago, has toured and recorded with a number of well-known musicians like Sonny Rollins, Bobby Broom (he plays on the three Bobby Broom albums which I have in my collection), Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis and Joe Lovano. He presents here his first album with his Grouptet.

The Kobie Watkins Grouptet includes:

Kobie Watkins - drums
Justin Nielsen - piano
Ryan Nielsen - trumpet
Jonathan... read more

William Thomas - Notes From A Drummer
by Mark F Turner, All About Jazz

Drummer William Thomas gives a potent glimpse into the hotbed of jazz talent in Portland, Oregon. His first recording, Notes From A Drummer , consists of music written, arranged, and composed for his ensemble. The themes on the recording range from bop and swing to playful and intricate ballads with an emphasis on strong ensemble dynamics.

The tone of the recording brings to mind the great Cannonball Adderly circa 1970. Thomas's... read more

Benny Powell - Nextep
by Andy Vélez, All About Jazz - New York

A whiff of glorious, old-time New Orleans jazz in "Free to be Me" jubilantly launches Benny Powell's latest, Nextep. Yet be assured the set is no trip down nostalgia lane. A working musician since his early teens in New Orleans, bop loyalist and a veteran sideman at hundreds of recording sessions with the likes of everyone from Count Basie and Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin and "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins, at 78, Nextep is Powell's bid finally to... read more

Phil Kelly & The SW Santa Ana Winds - My Museum
by Edward Blanco, ejazznews

Recording his second album of contemporary straight-ahead blistering big band music, Composer/arranger Phil Kelly's My Museum swings with a swagger, sophistication and style that blows you away with some very powerful musical winds. His previous release, Convergence Zone, was recorded with a group of Seattle-based area musicians in a big band he called The NW Prevailing Winds. Now residing in Bellingham, Washington, just North of Seattle, Kelly... read more

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