Origin Blue releases debut CD May I Say You Something"
Origin Blue's debut album, May I Say You Something?", is an eclectic mix of original songs and innovative new takes on both jazz and rock songs from the past. The trio's unique sound and approach to music is on full display, spanning a wide range of styles, dynamics and moods. Group improvisation is a key part of the music, and the trio moves seamlessly between arrangements and improvisations throughout the album. Whether digging into a heavy groove or experimenting within a more contemplative setting, Origin Blue shines as a new voice within the expansive world of jazz music.
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There is obviously one thing that cozy and quaint Jax Bar & Grill in Glendale is known for besides food and that is the jazz musicians they bring in to entertain their guests.
On Tuesday night, the New York-based jazz trio known as Origin Blue made a stop at the trendy establishment during their West Coast tour. With a few people celebrating birthdays, several couples out on dates, and some locals enjoying a beer or two at the bar, the scene was set for Origin Blue to deliver a funk-filled performance of their eclectic style of jazz.
Jazz is a genre of music where sonic freedom is much appreciated and welcomed. Drawing from that freedom, Origin Blue creates music that has a familiar sound but provides layers that make their music hard to classify.
While jazz serves as the main ingredient in their sound, there are definitely elements of funk, rock and soul intertwined in their musical gumbo. Although Isamu McGregor plays a basic piano, Evan Crane uses the upright bass and Jeff Hatcher keeps the beat on a normal drum set, the sound these three gentlemen create is far from basic jazz.
McGregor, who grew up in La Crescenta , plays the keys with a certain vigor that accentuates the melody of the songs. Crane, who has studied under the likes of Tony Moreno and Martin Wind, plucks the upright bass and provides the essence of the groove.