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Meridian Odyssey

Meridian Odyssey is a band comprised of five musicians who are committed to creating a multi genre experience rooted in the history of jazz, rock, funk, and R&B in a forward thinking context. All of the members of the group have worked together in various situations previously, but the first time they have performed and recorded as a group was for their debut record. Throughout the coronavirus lockdown, drummer Xavier Lecouturier and guitarist Martin Budde went back to Big Lake Alaska, where Martin grew up. Over the months, they assembled a studio in his fathers aircraft hangar and invited the three other musicians to rehearse new music to livestream and record


Article: Album Review

Martin Budde: Back Burner

Read "Back Burner" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The title of this debut recording from Seattle-based guitarist Martin Budde suggests the music has been percolating in the backwaters of his musical endeavors over the past few years. Indeed, that is the case, as the past five years have found Budde smack dab in the middle of the musical collective, Meridian Odyssey. The music was ...


Article: Liner Notes

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 ...



Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: XD; Tuesday Wednesday; In Front of the Mirror; Behind the Mirror; Searchlight; About Time; Song for Jovino; Reflecting; Earthshine.


Article: Album Review

BrandonLee Cierley: Camaraderie

Read "Camaraderie" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Camaraderie (Lofijazzsoul,2022) is BrandonLee Cierley's introduction to the jazz world, where he is a relative newcomer. A Tacoma, WA native who now works out of Portland, OR, Cierley clearly prioritizes original composition as much as he does spontaneous composition as a jazz tenor saxophonist. For a younger player, and as stated, a musician new to the ...


Article: 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 ...


Song of the Day


Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 06:13


Second Wave

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Interlake; F Minus; Quarantine Blues; Looking Ahead; NT; For Antongiulio; Second Wave.


Article: 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 ...


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