Origin Records Reviews

Marius Nordal - Boomer Jazz
by Don Lerman, Cadence

Pianist Marius Nordal provides a rare Jazz treatment of well-known popular hits from the 1960s and 1970s in this well-crafted solo piano concert. Nordal's musical interpretations are creative and lucid, while remaining faithful to melody and spirit of music from the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach, Chuck Berry, and other popular musicians from this era. Drawing upon his considerable Jazz and classical musical skills,... read more

Jessica Williams - Songs of Earth
by John Henry, Audiophile Audition

I think this is the finest solo piano CD I?ve enjoyed in years! ***** 5-stars

Jessica Williams is one of the top jazz pianists playing today, and if you?re a jazz piano fan and not familiar with her work, remedy that right away. She had classical training and was the house pianist at San Francisco?s Keystone Korner for many years. Jessica has been a three-time Grammy nominee. She is currently based in Seattle, and this new CD... read more

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Wonderful!
by Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition

One of the leading B-3 Trios bearing soulful jazz today. ****1/2 Stars

The music of Stevie Wonder is unique. As pop songs, they are precise and infectious. But the gospel and r&b roots seem to create a natural feel for jazz arrangements. Wonder?s experimental approach to chord structure allows for edgier jams. Deep Blue Organ Trio, a veteran group from Chicago has been a standard bearer of soulful jazz. Since 2000 they have... read more

Joachim Mencel - Brooklyn Eye
by Piotr Iwicki, Jazz Forum (Poland)

5-STARS We have an amazing album. And it is not about the registration of the album signed by a Pole in the USA, surrounded by local giants of the jazz scene, or the world distribution resulting from the fact that it was released by a renowned label, but about the sound and complete negation of the artistic carbon paper.

The faith of Joachim Mencel is not without significance here, often verbalized in musical achievements (e.g. a... read more

Piet Verbist - Zygomatik
by Frederik Goossens, Focus Knack (Belgium)

Het grote publiek leerde Piet Verbist kennen als de bassist van het Jef Neve Trio, maar de man is net zo goed gewonnen voor rock, soul en wereldmuziek.

Alles komt samen in deze eerste plaat onder eigen naam. De hoogdagen van de fusion zijn hier nooit ver weg. Inde opener PMS Alert! loert zowaar Miles Davis? In A Silent Way even om de hoek in de drumpartij van Herman Pardon. Cut The Crab kon zo in het repertoire van Headhunters. Verbist speelt... read more

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott - Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Seattle-based trumpeter Thomas Marriott plays well with electricity. Specifically, with the Hammond B3 organ. The most memorable of his now nine CDs on Origin Records feature either the Hammond B3 or some serious Moog synthesizer/Fender Rhodes work: Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (2007), with Ryan Burns on electric keys; Human Spirit (2009), featuring Gary Versace on B3; and now Return of the East-West Summit, with the versatile George... read more

Clipper Anderson - The Road Home
by Tom Ineck, Berman Music Foundation

It is evident from the first lines of the opening track, Bill Evans' "Twelve Tone Tune Two," that this is the bassist's record. Despite the considerable talents and sensitive interplay of pianist Darin Clendenin and drummer Mark Ivester, Anderson's prodigious playing skill and booming, woody tone have an immediate impact on the listener.

The leader also impresses as the composer of six of the 11 tracks, including the lovely and lyrical... read more

Josh Nelson - The Sky Remains
by Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy (Germany)

Mit diesem für diverse Grammies nominierten Album lerne ich einen Pianisten in LA kennen, der Sängerinnen wie Natalie Cole und Sara Gazarek ins rechte Licht rückt. Es ist schon sein sechstes als Leader, nach zuletzt "Discoveries" (2011) und "Exploring Mars" (2015). Nach diesen beiden SF-Konzept-Alben wendet er sich, quasi als Engel über LA, seiner Heimatstadt zu mit ihren Brücken, Tunneln und Treppen, dem Genius loci, mit kleinen Mahnmalen... read more

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