Celebrating Origin Records at All About Jazz


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Presenting well over 200 Origin Records and OA2 Records songs for your listening pleasure.
Origin Records is a Seattle-based independent jazz label, run for musicians by musicians. Their expansive catalog over sibling labels Origin & OA2 Records, covers a wide range of jazz from an international collection of 370 artists. All About Jazz interviewed the founders John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen in 2018 and you can read their story here.

Approaching their 25th year as a record label, readers can discover some of the very best in modern jazz by listening to any of the 200 Origin or OA2 songs at All About Jazz here. You can also search our song database by going to our Advanced Search page, clicking the “Songs & Videos" tab and searching by record label.

All About Jazz is featuring a week's worth of new music from Origin & OA2 and you can access them below. Enjoy!

Tangent 7

From: Eternal Aporia
By Ben Thomas
Origin Records

The Color of Angels

From: The Color of Angels
By Doug Scarborough
Origin Records

The Other Side

From: Secret Exit to Another Dimension
By Piet Verbist
Origin Records

Each Step

From: Each Step
By Nathan Borton
OA2 Records

Open Spaces

From: Open Spaces
By Matt Olson
OA2 Records


From: High Plains
By Stephen Martin
OA2 Records

About Origin Records

Origin Records is a Seattle-based independent jazz label. Their fundamental goals are simple: to provide a home for our artists' ongoing work as their careers and musical voices evolve, and to introduce our customers (and ourselves!) to new and refreshingly unexpected music, while maintaining an uncompromised artistic quality. Celebrating its 24th year in 2021, they release two to three dozen new recordings a year and represent over 300 artists across the Origin, OA2, Origin Classical, and now Origin World labels.

A huge part of their focus and success lies in the collaborative efforts of the many artists they serve and partner with. Teaming with artistic communities from around the world—Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, New York City and San Francisco, for instance—their artists have a hand in curating the labels by bringing in fellow musicians who they feel will enhance the label and their own musical statements. The result is a cohesive catalog with a wide range of articulation: from some of the great modern Big Band composers, to producer/bassist Jonas Tauber's world of creative improvised music—the “Zurich Series"—to “modern mainstream" projects which make up a bulk of the catalog. Works from some great pioneers of jazz are included—Don Lanphere, Jessica Williams, Benny Powell, Hal Galper, Doug Hamilton to name a few—whose recordings reflect decades of collaborations and provide a grounding and perspective to our more contemporary offerings.

Started less than two years after the term “internet" was defined and designated, Matt Jorgenen's attendant establishment of our online presence enabled Origin to leverage digital promotion and distribution as a means to enter the global marketplace. Partnering with other internet startups, they built relationships that are still strong today. The collaboration between All About Jazz in Philadelphia and Jazz Steps in Seattle resulted in the All About Jazz/Seattle, a newspaper they published for four years which later forged SeattleJazzScene.com. They've also presented the thriving annual 4-day Ballard Jazz Festival since 2003. Overall, their partnerships with industry players—musicians, club owners, writers, presenters, DJ's, publicists, printers, engineers and studios—have provided them with an extensive base for ongoing opportunities in music and with community outreach.

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