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Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

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Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

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Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough: Feather

Read "Feather" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Three terrific studio CDs--quartet outings, all--have come from the teaming of trumpeter Chad McCullough and keyboardist Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (2011); Urban Nightingale, (2012); and Abstract Quantities (2015), all on Origin Records. Theirs is an always engaging, melodic modern jazz. On Feathers the musicians reduce their artistry down to the duo mode.

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Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based saxophonist Shawn Maxwell has produced an excellent run of straight ahead CD releases in the past decade, sets like his two self-produced discs, Originals (2006) and Originals II (2008), and Maxwell's House (Chicago Session LTD, 2010) before he changed his game up with Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions LTD, 2015), a shift away from mainstream ...

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Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities

Read "Abstract Quantities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Chad McCullough debuted as a leader in 2009 with the superb Dark Wood, Dark, Water (Origin Records). He's stayed busy ever since, recording with The Kora Band--inspired by the sounds of Africa--Tunnel Six, and the two horn, chordless The Spin Quartet, along with two previous modern jazz sets on Origin Records on which he teamed ...

Take Five With Jon Sheckler

Read "Take Five With Jon Sheckler" reviewed by Jon Sheckler

Meet Jon Sheckler:

At a young age Jon Sheckler is already proving to be a well-versed musician and up-and-coming bandleader in the Seattle area. As a drummer, Jon has had the opportunity to play with some of today's leading players including trumpeter Clay Jenkins, award-winning vocalist Catherine Jensen-Hole, Chicago bluesman Al Rowe, and Seattle ...

Tunnel Six: Alive

Read "Alive" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The formation of the American/Canadian sextet Tunnel Six wasn't planned. The six musicians met up at the 2009 International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, and discovered rare group chemistry after having played together there. Since then the group has performed across Canada and the U.S., and cut two ...

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Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Urban Nightingale

Read "Urban Nightingale" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chad McCullough, with one CD under his own name--the outstanding Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin Records, 2009)--has also contributed his distinctive voice to recordings by the Kora Band and Tunnel Six, all under the Origin Records banners. But the Seattle-based trumpeter must have a European sensibility; his finest work to date has been in teaming, as ...

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Chad McCullough / Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches

Read "Imaginary Sketches" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Seattle-based trumpeter Chad McCullough certainly isn't letting any dust settle on his horn, or on his equipment in the recording studio, following up his sophomore effort, The Sky Cries (Origin Records, 2010), with his third CD for Seattle's Origin Records, Imaginary Sketches.

McCullough's debut, Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin Records, 2009), had a straight-ahead, joy ...

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Huge CD Giveaway from Jazz Now! Seattle in Celebration of Reaching 1000 Downloads

Jazz Now! Seattle, a new podcast spotlighting all the incredible jazz music coming out of Seattle, WA, has passed the 1000 download mark less than two weeks after their debut. To celebrate, they are giving away tons of CD's from Seattle jazz bands. There are four packages:Origin Records Package: Featuring new CD's from Thomas Marriott, Chad McCullough, ...