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Meridian Odyssey, Earthshine

Meridian Odyssey, Earthshine

Origin Records, July 2022 BY MATTHEW ADKINS It’s become something of a truism to say the pandemic produced some incredible art. Here’s a question, though: Can that flowering of creativity—originally sparked when we were all cooped inside—sustain itself now that we’re...
Rich Pellegrin, Passage: Solo Improvisations II

Rich Pellegrin, Passage: Solo Improvisations II

Origin RecordsApril 2022 BY M.V. SMITH Pianist Rich Pellegrin, who attended graduate school at the University of Washington, is currently an assistant professor of music theory at the University of Florida. He has published extensive scholarship on such artists as...
Ben Thomas Tango Project, Eternal Aporia

Ben Thomas Tango Project, Eternal Aporia

Origin RecordsJanuary 2022 BY ANDREW LUTHRINGER Ben Thomas is an incredibly accomplished virtuoso on the vibes; an improviser and composer of deep expressiveness, wit, and crisply focused execution. Throughout four previous solo albums on the venerable Origin Records...
Dmitri Matheny, Cascadia

Dmitri Matheny, Cascadia

Dmitri Matheny, Cascadia Origin, June 2022 BY MATTHEW ADKINS You don’t get much smoother than the sound of a flugelhorn, particularly when it’s in the hands of a master like Dmitri Matheny. Those warm, velvety tones are on full display in Dmitri Matheny Group’s most...
BLUE MERCY, BLUE MERCY

BLUE MERCY, BLUE MERCY

BLUE MERCY, BLUE MERCY Self-released, March 2022 BY M.V. SMITH Household names like Elvis Costello understand that successful reinterpretations reinvigorate old forms through clever juxtaposition. “It’s how rock and roll works. You take the broken pieces of another...