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Iris Ornig: No Restrictions

Read "No Restrictions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intrepid bassist Iris Ornig's second release follows the thematic structure of her remarkable debut, New Ground (Self Produced, 2009), but is more polished and coherent, hence more engaging. This is a hard goal to achieve, as the first was a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating album. If New Ground was a collection of short stories sharing a common thesis then No Restrictions is a novel, exploring a similar leitmotif and expanding on it. The emphasis is more on ...

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Iris Ornig: New Ground

Read "New Ground" reviewed by Jim Santella

Double-bassist Iris Ornig leads a mainstream ensemble on New Ground, controlling the session's mood from the bottom and ensuring that melody flows casually. Trumpet, guitar and vocalists alternate feature roles that give the session variety. Best is her trio on “Caravan," where the bass assumes a seat-of-the-pants foundation that energizes and dresses up an old standard with class.

Trumpet and guitar come together on “New Ground" to give the quintet stepwise depth and rainbow harmony. Each instrumental voice ...


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