Origin Story (formerly F-JoB) are "one of the freshest voices in Irish jazz and a must-hear for anyone who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st century." (Irish Times).
Pianist Greg Felton, bassist Cormac OBrien and drummer Matthew Jacobson have accumulated over 25 years of history as collaborators and friends and have been involved in many of the most artistically successful projects in creative Irish music in that time.
Since 2016, they have been writing and performing together as a trio. Origin Story’s music is informed by all of these shared experiences and results in provocative and interactive writing and playing, equally influenced by the origins of the jazz tradition and contemporary innovations.
In 2018, they recorded their debut album, featuring original compositions from all three members, at The Meadow in Co. Wicklow with Rian Trench. The resulting record embodies the group’s founding in the jazz tradition, their interest in groove, their affection for free improvisation, as well as their propensity for provocative rhythms.
“a trio with bags of personality, where virtuoso playing is tempered by rich rhythmic textures strong melodies and a soulful collective voice” (All About Jazz)
"Exuding agreeable and highly desirable maturity... A piano trio who have nothing to prove and everything to give in a spirit of admirable positivity and interconnectedness." (Marlbank)
"A spectacular debut from Origin Story... Wonderfully inventive and unpredictable stuff from Matthew Jacobson, Greg Felton and Cormac O'Brien." (Bernard Clarke, RTE Lyric FM)
released October 15, 2020
Tracks 1, 3, 7 & 8 composed by Greg Felton
Tracks 2, 5 & 6 composed by Matthew Jacobson
Track 4 composed by Cormac OBrien
Recorded 17th & 18th September 2018 at the Meadow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Recorded and mixed by Rian Trench
Mastered by Ivan Jackman
Produced by Origin Story
Artwork by Sonny and Alannah Boydell Felton
Photography by Yaqoub BouAynaya
Design by Max Franosch
Thanks to Molly, Cormac, Rachel, Derek, Anna, Aimée, David, Yvonne, Esosa, Anthony, Najma.
Special thanks to Tony Dennistoun for his support and for making this album happen.
Greg Felton – piano
Cormac OBrien – double-bass
Matthew Jacobson – drums