Origin Story, Good Friday

Exuding agreeable and highly desirable maturity, Origin Story are: Greg Felton on piano, Cormac O'Brien, of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, on double bass; and the best known internationally of the three, Matthew Jacobson – usually heard in an …

Published: 15 Oct 2020. Updated: 40 days.

Exuding agreeable and highly desirable maturity, Origin Story are: Greg Felton on piano, Cormac O'Brien, of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, on double bass; and the best known internationally of the three, Matthew Jacobson – usually heard in an avant setting – on drums.

The flawless title track is established by a jolly Jacobson rumble, O'Brien a little Larry Grenadier-like here; 'Macon Street' begun by Felton, ''calling'' amicably; 'Regarding Time' is a little akin to the sort of piece that top Swiss trio Vein deliver; 'Squirk' is fun; 'Bergen Street' drags you in ever decreasing concentric circles; 'Undone' is the album at its most austere and where silences matter; 'RUM' by complete contrast in terms of mood has a great bass riff that develops into a solo. 'Mild Turkish Delight' at the end is a bebop scrabble, Felton a little Tristano-like. A piano trio who have nothing to prove and everything to give in a spirit of admirable positivity and interconnectedness. Out now. Photo: Yaqoub BouAynaya

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German critics name Life Goes On by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow as their jazz album of the year for 2020

The German Record Critics' Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) album of the year for jazz goes to Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow for their album Life Goes On issued by ECM. Read marlbank's review. Photo: ECM

Published: 15 Oct 2020. Updated: 41 days.

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The German Record Critics' Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) album of the year for jazz goes to Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow for their album Life Goes On issued by ECM. Read marlbank's review. Photo: ECM