Origin Records Reviews

Clark Sommers - Ba(SH)
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

In his day job, he might be the bass playing sidekick of Kurt Elling, but after hours, he's now in his 15th year with this progressive jazz trio also featuring Dana Hall and Geof Bradfield. Playing with the simpatico that keeps you together for so long without getting sick of each other, this is a BYG trip to the church basement that knows no margins or bounds other than not playing music that sucks. It's wild ride that reminds you what free... read more

Bobby Broom - Song And Dance
by Nancy Ann Lee, Jazz And Blues Report

This 10-tune CD, Bobby Broom's sixth recording as leader, finds the guitarist interpreting jazz and pop standards and contributing three originals with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins.

Broom's airy, mellow-sounding, mainly linear style allows his dynamic drummer to busy up with rim shots and cymbals work. But that doesn't overshadow Broom's brilliant interpretations of pop gems such as Lennon - McCartney's "Can't Buy Me... read more

Benjamin Boone - The Poets Are Gathering
by Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Black Grooves

Composer-saxophonist Benjamin Boone continues his fascination with poetry and jazz on his latest album, The Poets Are Gathering. The Cal State University Fresno professor, who has released two previous collections devoted to this pairing, notes that jazz and poetry have been inextricably linked since the Harlem Renaissance. Following the tradition of artists such as Langston Hughes and Charles Mingus, who collaborated on the album Weary Blues... read more

Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica - Iberica
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Ringer of the Week Tenor saxist and composer Matt Otto puts together a thoroughly original, accessible and exciting session that mixes jazz with Andalusian sounds on this clever session. The unorthodox team includes the "Ensemble Iberica" (Beau Bledsoe/g-oud, Jordan Shipley/g-cav, Michael McClintock/eg-tres) along with Brad Cox/Rhodes, Karl McComas-Reich/b-cel and Mike Stover/steelg. Together, Otto blows a smoky tenor along with rich... read more

Richard Sussman - Continuum
by Rob Young, Urban Flux

Known for his proficiency as a musician, Richard Sussman is revered among his peers as an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger. On this occasion, he arrives with ?CONTINUUM? his latest album on Origin Records. It?s evident from the onset, Sussman produce a tempting dish extracted from the womb of traditional jazz yet he skillfully unwinds this sinuous palette by sowing multifaceted harmonies and decisive threads of continuity to further... read more

Mark Colby - Reflections
by Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Mark Colby has come out with a new disc, Reflections, on Origin Records. Colby joins a long list of Chicago's top-notch musicians making the move to that label, and like most of Origin's other releases, this one is flat-out fantastic. I'm beginning to think that John and Chad, the masterminds of that label, have no idea how to put out a bad record.

As a matter of fact, you just know that this is going to be a great album from the... read more

Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters - Imaginary Sketches
by Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

Trumpet. Piano. Bass. Drums. That's how I'm gonna start this Tiny Review. Four instruments; four simple words, and the short silent pause in between each unhurried word. In a world of modern jazz, where the sounds are as disparate as the instrumentation, here, on Imaginary Sketches, we have a simple straight-forward jazz album with modern jazz artists expressing the jazz tradition in their own voice.

This is a sublime affair, a beauty in... read more

Jim Norton Collective - Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans
by George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

RINGER OF THE WEEK - While this collection represents a tribute to Bill Evans' compositions, Jim Norton could easily have subtitled this as a remembrance of another Evans, Gil. The woodwind/bandleader here focuses on the famed pianists work as a writer, but Norgon brings together a big band that includes enough brass and reeds to bring to mind vintage sessions like Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess from the Miles Davis/Gil Evans... read more

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