Origin Records Reviews

Tad Britton - Black Hills
by Grego Applegate Edwards, Cadence

Black Hills, by Tad Britton includes a few originals, and a number of Pop classics not often, if ever, covered by a Jazz conflagration and, oh yes, a couple of Jazz numbers by classic writers. Bassist Jeff Johnson is hip, agile, and a great soloist. Tadd plays drums like he was born to play in a piano trio - he's busy enough to pull his weight in the threesome and can really play great time. Pianist Marc Seales has a superior linear sense and,... read more

Phil Kelly & The SW Santa Ana Winds - My Museum
by Jack Bowers, Cadence, March 2007

While the wind type and direction have changed on "My Museum", almost everything else, thankfully, remains unimpaired on Phil Kelly's second album in a span of three years. in 2003, Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds recorded Convergence Zone, a prelude to this admirable new release by the SW Santa Ana Winds. Wheras the NW Winds blew from in and around Kelly's home base in Seattle, Washington, the SW Winds have sprung forth, with a few... read more

John McLean / Clark Sommers Band - Parts Unknown
by Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz

This inventive Chicago Quartet finds Kurt Elling's long time backing team comprised of guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers pushing into original sonic adventures with fresh modern twists. The band's debut outing for Origin Records also features drummer Xavier Breaker and vibes veteran Joe Locke whose tone and style accompanies and interacts perfectly with John McLean's subtle but poignant Guitar lines.

Locke's modernistic "Blondie... read more

Brent Jensen w/ Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop - One More Mile
by Larry Hollis, Cadence, April-June 2008

I certainly won't attempt to speak for all Cadence readers but when I think of states with a heavy Jazz scene, Idaho is not one of them. Lionel Hampton and the late Gene Harris had healthy associations with the state but having visited, it would not be the place where I would seek out a jam session. "One More Mile" spotlights an Idaho native in saxophonist Brent Jensen who has four previous issues under the Origin logo. He is joined here by... read more

Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
by John McBeath, The Australian

Although German pianist - now Canada-based - Florian Hoefner has played at festivals throughout Europe, appeared on 10 previous recordings and toured extensively in the US and Canada, he's not as well known in Australia. This new album by his quartet, recorded in New York, features Australian bassist Sam Anning, with drummer Peter Kronreif and saxophonist Seamus Blake. These eight tracks display Hoefner's composing ability and his stunning... read more

Phil Kelly - Convergence Zone
by John Tapscott, amazon.com

Phil Kelly One of the Best Big Band Jazz CDs of '03 January 19, 2004 Kelly moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 and put together a band consisting of the top musicians in that area. Finally, in August 2003, the NW Prevailing Winds (with guests Pete Christlieb, Gary Smulyan and Andy Martin aboard) recorded "Convergence Zone." Both the band and the performance are outstanding. This is defintely one of the top big band jazz albums of 2003.... read more

Thomas Marriott - Urban Folklore
by David Cohen, Jazzenzo (Netherlands)

A deserted intersection in nocturnal Seattle, and on the back, a trumpeter blowing in the dark on the pavement. The content of Thomas Marriott's "Urban Folklore" is less somber than the album cover leads one to suspect. From beginning to end, the quartet provides the American trumpeter with swift, great-sounding straight ahead jazz.

In the fast opener "Apophis," the rhythm section of bassist Eric Revis (known from the Branford... read more

Ben Paterson - For Once In My Life
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

There's always room for another swinging B3 player that knows exactly what he's doing and former Chicagoan Paterson is the latest to join the line. After having long stints with Von Freeman and others, Paterson might be a new name but he's no newcomer and this long overdue display of chops validates the hard work that made it happen. A tasty organ trio date with lots of chestnuts given new life, Paterson could easily teach master classes in... read more

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