Origin Records Reviews



John Stowell - Resonance
by C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Resonance, as manifested in the new recording of the same title by guitarist John Stowell, takes two guises. First, as a talented guitar player with an impressive resume, Stowell can be counted on, nee, expected to provide interesting and compelling performances of both his original and the jazz standard repertoire. This is certainly evident in his choice of recital items. Second, Stowell teams up with the modern guitar Stradivari, Mike Doolin,... read more

Zem Audu - Spirits
by Dave Rogers, WTJU, Richmond

Nigerian-born, London-raised, tenor sax player Zem Audu presents his own take on funky soul or fusion jazz. Having first explored piano and guitar, Audu eventually settled on sax and studied with Courtney Pine as well as with Jean Toussaint at Trinity College of Music. This is his second release as a leader. He composed all of the songs on the disc, which also features Mike Stern (guitar), Benito Gonzales (piano), Ben Williams (bass) and John... read more

Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach - Varuna
by Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online

Varuna is a dwarf planet located near Pluto, and although it was only discovered about fifteen years ago, it has already become the subject of an original song by vocalist Laurie Antonioli and pianist Richie Beirach. The lyrics touch upon the mythological and astronomical meanings of both the planet and its namesake, and the song's mystical, out-of-time setting is a perfect opener for the second duet album by Antonioli and Beirach. "Varuna" (the... read more

Piet Verbist Zygomatik - Cattitude
by Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther, JazzHalo (Belgium)

Die vorliegende CD enthält acht Eigenkompositionen des in Antwerpen beheimateten Kontrabassisten Piet Verbist. Zu seiner Band zählen unter anderem der Saxofonist Jeroen van Herzeele, der gemeinsam mit Massot und Blondiau auch in Maäk zu hören ist. Neben van Herzelle am Tenor- und Sopransaxofon ist noch ein weiterer Saxofonist in der Band, der Baritonsaxofonist Vincent Brijs. An Fender Rhodes und an der Wurlitzer hören wir Bram Weijters und... read more

Geof Bradfield - Our Roots
by Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Reedist Geof Bradfield is a student of jazz history whose big ears and broad knowledge channel his insatiable curiosity. And he's recently developed a string of creative projects yoked to unobtrusive concepts - he might draw inspiration from regional styles he encountered during his State Department-organized tour of Africa, or his tunes might convey developments over the career of masterful arranger and trombonist Melba Liston. His latest... read more

Paul Tynan - quARTet
by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Antigonish-based trumpeter Paul Tynan's latest album wastes no time in getting down to hard-swinging business.

After a few pickup bars, Tynan's composition More Than Just A Single Road treats listeners to authoritative post-bop that recalls the early '80s music of Wynton Marsalis thanks to some of its harmonic and structural details. Tynan's lead-off solo highlights his own muscular yet lyrical approach to improvising, while pianist Dan... read more

Randy Halberstadt - Flash Point
by George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Society

Seattle pianist Halberstadt is one of those rare, all-purpose cats who, when all's said and done, shines most brightly in a post-bop setting such as this. The quintet here includes Jeff Johnson, bass, and Mark Ivester, drums (his working trio), plus Mark Taylor on alto sax and Thomas Marriott on trumpet and flugelhorn. Of the nine tunes played here, six are originals by Halberstadt, so a brief examination of a few seems in order. The session... read more

Doug Beavers 9 - Two Shades of Nude
by Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"A former Mingus Big Band member and Eddie Palmieri sideman, trombonist-composer-arranger Doug Beavers assembled a fine New York crew for his second outing as leader. There are several fine originals here: the exhilarating title track; "Lapse," a beautiful ballad feature for pianist Henry Hey; the brooding, suitelike "Brink"; and the dynamic "Scurry," featuring some heated exchanges between trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and tenor saxophonist Marc... read more

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