Origin Records Reviews

Dan McCarthy - Epoch
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Dan McCarthy leads a quartet with his vibes and compositions, bringing together a simpatico and sensitive band of Ben Monder/g, Mark Feldman/vi and Steve Swallow/b. The focus is on dreamy atmospheres, hovering on "A Dream, Awake" and floating with Big Sky spaces during "Fugitive Epoch." McCarthy's vibes have a gentle chime, sighing to Feldman's crying strings on the chamber mooded "Softly She Sings Her Song" and quietly bubbling on "Desert... read more

Dee Daniels - Intimate Conversations
by Shaun Brady, Jazziz


With a powerful four-octave voice that sounds as if it's been fermented in the blues, singer Dee Daniels has fronted big bands and symphony orchestras over the course of her 30-year career. But as the title implies, her new CD, Intimate Conversations, is a collection of deeply personal duo performances. Choosing songs with lyrics that are themselves conversational, Daniels engages with a roster of jazz luminaries that... read more

John Stowell / Michael Zilber - Basement Blues
by Mike Joyce, JazzTimes

Following this West Coast ensemble's two widely acclaimed recordings, Shot Through With Beauty and Live Beauty, Basement Blues may seem like a departure, in tone and tack. But as "Stowell in Heart" and other highlights here warmly illustrate, Basement Blues is similarly riddled with charms, to say nothing of its soulful allure and conversational postbop gambits.

A bit of good cheer, too, enlivens this... read more

Kelly Harland - Long Ago And Far Away, Kelly Harland Sings The Music of Jerome Kern
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise, December 4, 2003

Vocalist Kelly Harland has been singing for a long, long time. I'm sure you've heard her, but I'm also sure - unless you're a music insider - that you don't know her.

Why? Because she's what is known as an "on-call" studio and backup vocalist. This Seattle-based artists is one of the many folks who make singing commercials and is hired by visiting "name" acts, to be part of background vocal groups that support the shows.

"Long Ago and Far... read more

Greta Matassa - Favorites From A Long Walk
by Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times


If the vision of Seattle as grunge city and the spawning ground for acts such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters suggests that the only form of music with a significant presence in the city is rock, think again. Sunday's performance by Seattle singer Greta Matassa in Beverly Hills at a fundraiser for the Rising Jazz Stars Foundation offered convincing evidence of the high-quality jazz in the Northwest's largest... read more

Tim Davies Big Band - The Expensive Train Set
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Drummer Tim Davies leads two different bands here, one from Los Angeles, USA and the other from Melbourne, Australia, and they both swing with class. For the California band, the horn sections show lots of punch on "Minor Incidents" and the moody and richly textured title track as Brian Owen/tp and Jacques Voyemant/tb contribute rich solos. The Aussies do a hip rework of the classic "Sing Sing Sing" with Tony Hicks' clarinet and the reeds do... read more

Jeff Johnson - Suitcase
by Tim Willcox, Jazz Society of Oregon

A stalwart of the Pacific Northwest jazz scene, Johnson is a veteran bassist who seems comfortable in just about any surrounding. With this newest effort, Johnson surrounds himself with like-minded musicians in an effort to record songs he had written over the course of the past 20 years while traveling around the world playing music. In an effort to keep the session "accidental," the musicians didn't rehearse prior to recording, instead letting... read more

Hal Galper & the Youngbloods - Live at the Cota Jazz Festival
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Jazz vet pianist Hal Galper has had an impressive career as a sideman for the likes of Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Cannonball Adderley, never quite receiving the accolades he deserves. He shows his long hewn charms with a post bop team of Nathan Bellott/as, Dean Torry/b and David Frazier/dr for a handful of swinging yet lyrical pieces in concert format. The selection of songs for the 2016 gig reflect the range of the artist as well, with a soft... read more

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