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Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave

Read "Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The human qualities that are attributed to friendship, draw a remarkable parallel to those qualities that bring musicians together and allow them to communicate without fear. There is the willingness to make oneself vulnerable to emotional discretion, to communicate and embrace others without the encumbrances of ego. There is hard work involved, and a unity that is earned through honest interpretation of one's personal humanity. The actual circumstances that bond friendship, or musical integrity, are distinct and variable. In the ...

Album Review

Meridian Odyssey: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Meridian Odyssey is a sextet comprising young musicians from the improbable jazz territory of Big Lake, Alaska, and Earthshine is their second recording together, with trumpeter Noah Halpern having been added to the quintet since the ensemble's 2021 debut album, Second Wave. On Earthshine, there are nine original compositions by members of the group, two of which ("The Front of the Mirror," “Reflecting") are roughly a minute or so long. “Mirror" was written by and features bassist ...

Album Review

Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave

Read "Second Wave" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Seattle's Origin Records opened 2021 on a hopeful, turning-of-the-page note with Second Wave, by the group Meridian Odyssey. The band comprised five young (twenty-something) Seattle-ites who took advantage of the time on their collective hands, and the low air fares resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to journey to Alaska, where guitarist Martin Budde's father—a pilot—owns an airplane hangar which served as a recording studio. Where the plane, the hangar's previous occupant, ended up is uncertain. But the saxophone, guitar, bass, ...

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Second Wave

Origin Records



From: Earthshine
By Santosh Sharma


From: Second Wave
By Santosh Sharma

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