Origin Records Reviews

Bobby Broom - The Way I Play: Live In Chicago
by Josef Woodard, Jazziz

Count Bobby Broom as one of those jazz greats hiding in very plain sight. The nimble and continually inventive guitarist has, for years, played regularly on the uppermost echelon of jazz stages, as part of Sonny Rollins' band. On his own, though, Broom remains relatively low-key. While Rollins' audience tend to patiently await each sax solo, his bandmates are well worth hearing themselves, from the innately tasteful trombonist Clifton Anderson... read more

Thomas Marriott - Both Sides Of The Fence
by Ric Bang, The Davis Enterprise

I'm beginning to think Seattle has replaced Los Angeles as the focal point of the West Coast jazz scene.

Almost half the releases I've received during the last year have featured artists or groups that have started in - or migrated to - that city. Trumpeter Thomas Marriott is one such individual. Although he played for years, he didn't become known until the mid to late 1990's. He's Seattle born and began his career in that city, then... read more

Tom Collier - Across the Bridge
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Give a jazzbo vibe player some grant money and crowd funding and what's he do with it? Luckily for us, this vibe player hired some ace cats to back him up making a date that brings fusion to vibes and good vibes to all. Frequent duet partner Dan Dean brings his bass (and producer's hat) on board and there's a lot of circles that are completed here. With 50 years of hammering those mallets under his belt, the former tyro knows what works and... read more

Deep Blue Organ Trio - Wonderful!
by Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

When it came time for the SFJAZZ Collective to choose a composer to honor in their eighth season, they surprised a lot of people when they went with the one and only Stevie Wonder. While some likely view this decision as a statement that, after covering Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver, the revered jazz composer well had run dry, those with a keen ear and a strong pulse... read more

Tom Collier - Alone in the Studio
by Chris Lunn, Ancient Victorys

Collier, a brilliant composer musician on vibraphone, marimba, piano and drums, recorded this entire CD in his own studio, a recording home he has perfected for decades. So he moves easily from solos to entire ensemble pieces showcasing the various instruments he palys. It is inventive and you will feel very much the talent of the writing, arranging, and playing in these eleven tunes.

"Little Green Thing" has lovely, light solo vibes, very... read more

Jessica Williams - Songs of Earth
by George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

Over a period encompassing several engagements at Seattle's The Triple Door, pianist Williams compiled six original compositions (of the seven played here) which seemed to have a common thread. All were completely improvised on the spot, and in her effort to meld them into an artistic whole, she chose pieces which complement one another. While the term "jazz pianist" is an honorable title, I've always felt that Williams takes it a step further... read more

John Moulder - Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit
by Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

On Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit John Moulder finds the beating heart of music in the quietude of meditation and silence broken only by the promptings of the Holy Spirit, which coalesces around the music of this joyous disc - the fifth that the guitarist has recorded with Origin Records. Moulder is a prophetic jazz embodying spiritual values that affirm the freedom in speech and music which serve as vehicles to express his spirit and its... read more

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra - Without a Trace
by Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, but on the other hand, better than nothing, so some gratitude is in order.

Reeves, a trombonist who also composes,... read more

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