Origin Records Reviews

Matt Jorgensen +451 - Quiet Silence
by Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times, February 2, 2003

This is not only one of the finest albums produced by Seattle's Origin Records, it's one of the most satisfying, well-made and seductive recordings currently in rotation in my house. The world-jazz mood is dark and earthy, like flamenco and electric Miles with minor keys, throbbing bass lines and unusual meters.

Marc Seales' Fender Rhodes provides a slinky, silken cushion. Saxophonists Mark Taylor (alto) and Rob Davis (tenor) take the lead... 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

Amit Friedman - Sunrise
by Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm Jazz Blog

Amit Friedman Sextet's Sunrise is one of those rare albums that I want to blast from the rooftops, convinced that if the whole damn world could just hear it, the planet would be a much happier place.

It's a majestic album that soars without forgetting to swing.

It's unlikely I'll be able to contain my enthusiasm in the words of this review. Pretty sure I'm not even gonna try.

It would be nice to give an objective review, even in... read more

Dan Dean - Songs Without Words
by Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

4 1/2 STARS Bassist Dan Dean's original plan for this project was the hiring of sixteen string players to join him in the studio to record a set for solo bass with string orchestra: Vivaldi's Concerto For Lute and Orchestra in D Major, along with music from JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albononi. The cost for the project proved prohibitive, but the paucity of funds turned out to be the mother of innovation. Dean tackled the... read more

Phil Kelly - Convergence Zone
by Shaun Dale, Jazz Review

Composer/arranger Phil Kelly has some first call help on his latest effort, including Pete Christlieb, Gary Smulyan and Bill Ramsey on woodwinds, Andy Martin and Jay Thomas on brass and pianist Pat Coil, but while they, and others in the ensemble, offer some fine solos, it's really Kelly's behind the scenes and front of the room work that's on display. Kelly leads a 16 piece big band, augmented by string programming by Matt Bennett, through a... read more

Scott Reeves - Portraits and Places
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Alto flugelhorn player and conductor Scott Reeves leads a sophisticated big band through an intelligent collection of originals. the 17 piece band includes all star Steve Wilson" who shines his soprano with a voice and dialogue on the gliding strut of "Osaka June" while his alto is included in the three movement "L & T Suite" during the bopping "Wants To Dance" with Andy Watson adding a soft shoe on the drums. The crisp rhythm team of Watson... read more

Jessica Williams - Billy's Theme: A Tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor
by Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes, September 2006

To "get" Jessica Williams, you must experience her in person. Her audience is fiercely loyal, and her deep connection with them comes partly from the tension between her demure shyness and her utterly dominating piano. She is in her own way, a super saleswoman of the keyboard and never lets anyone out of the room without closing the deal.

Not surprisingly, Williams' best albums until now have been recorded in front of live audiences (e.g.,... read more

Hal Galper - Trip the Light Fantastic
by Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm Jazz Blog

Jazz piano vet and highly regarded educator, Hal Galper offers another solid recording to his lengthy discography. Galper has a very identifiable sound, not sure I can adequately compare him to anyone. The way in which he strings notes together, it always leaves me with the impression of falling down a flight of stairs without ever leaving my feet? a controlled cohesive randomness that?s just a wee bit dangerous and could prove fatal. With Jeff... read more

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