IRIS ORNIG, NO RESTRICTIONS


German bassist Iris Ornig has called New York home since 2003 and during that time she’s played with some of jazz’s most intriguing contemporary musicians (i.e. Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm.)  Her “No Restrictions” is a showcase featuring eight original tracks and two covers, by Michael Jackson and Bjork. Fresh tunes, memorable melodies and illustrious playing distinguish Ornig’s American debut recording and it’s a promising start for this talented jazz musician.

Ornig has assembled an in-the-pocket band with Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano, Marcus Gilmore on drums and current king of the modern jazz guitarists, Kurt Rosenwinkel. Her compositions have clarity and purpose, allowing room for graceful solos, especially from Sung on “If Anything Goes Wrong.” Sung, Ornig and Gilmore set up Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” with Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe” rhythm line, while Mike Rodriguez takes the lead and delivers a bit of sleek improvisation -- his tone often evokes Art Farmer. On the Jackson track, there’s a nice middle section where Ornig takes her solo, a tuneful play on the melody that bops along on its own resolve. The straight-ahead swinger Uptight” is one of the album’s highlights along with “Gate 29,” a tune with a bounce and solid hook that provides the best solo opportunities for Rosenwinkel and Sung. Rosenwinkel doesn’t guest on many albums and his presence here lifts the date a little bit higher. Throughout “No Restrictions,” Ornig provides one catchy tune after another and she’s fashioned a terrific album with satisfying results. Find it at www.cdbaby.com (10 tracks; 63:11 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: IRIS ORNIG, NO RESTRICTIONS

Monday, January 7, 2013

IRIS ORNIG, NO RESTRICTIONS


German bassist Iris Ornig has called New York home since 2003 and during that time she’s played with some of jazz’s most intriguing contemporary musicians (i.e. Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm.)  Her “No Restrictions” is a showcase featuring eight original tracks and two covers, by Michael Jackson and Bjork. Fresh tunes, memorable melodies and illustrious playing distinguish Ornig’s American debut recording and it’s a promising start for this talented jazz musician.

Ornig has assembled an in-the-pocket band with Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano, Marcus Gilmore on drums and current king of the modern jazz guitarists, Kurt Rosenwinkel. Her compositions have clarity and purpose, allowing room for graceful solos, especially from Sung on “If Anything Goes Wrong.” Sung, Ornig and Gilmore set up Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” with Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe” rhythm line, while Mike Rodriguez takes the lead and delivers a bit of sleek improvisation -- his tone often evokes Art Farmer. On the Jackson track, there’s a nice middle section where Ornig takes her solo, a tuneful play on the melody that bops along on its own resolve. The straight-ahead swinger Uptight” is one of the album’s highlights along with “Gate 29,” a tune with a bounce and solid hook that provides the best solo opportunities for Rosenwinkel and Sung. Rosenwinkel doesn’t guest on many albums and his presence here lifts the date a little bit higher. Throughout “No Restrictions,” Ornig provides one catchy tune after another and she’s fashioned a terrific album with satisfying results. Find it at www.cdbaby.com (10 tracks; 63:11 minutes)

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