Greg Osby: Inner Circle (2002)
Inner Circle continues on the same high level that Osby has been operating at throughout his career. His music is progressively expanding into new boundaries on the ubiquitous jazz theme. It swings, grooves and moves with a distinctive style. The recording features Osby originals with covers by Euro-Pop sensation Bjork and famous bassist Charles Mingus. The title Inner Circle could easily refer to one of the tightest set of young musicians paving the jazz path today. The musicians have been featured on recordings by Jason Moran and Stefon Harris. Bassist Taurus Mateen and drummer Eric Harland comprise one of the most dynamic and talented rhythm sections on the scene today. Osby and Moran have formed a unique and wonderful symbiosis over the past few years that allows for freedom and expression with wide possibilities. Stefon Harris’ vibe work just keeps getting better. All the compositons are creative with odd patterns and complex arrangements that never leave the listener too far, and will also encourage a deeper appreciation for the art form. The many highlights include the circuitous and hypnotic “Fragment Decoding” and the brilliant “Inner Circle Principle” with its memorable solos expressed by each musician. With Osby at the helm, one can only anticipate the next move in his forward progression. Another top pick for 2002.
Track Listing: 1:Entruption 2:Stride Logic 3:Diary Of The Same Dream 4:Equalatogram 5:All Neon Like 6:Fragmatic Decoding 7:The Inner Circle Principle 8:Sons Of The Confidential 9:Self-Portrait In Three Colors
Personnel: Greg Osby: Alto Saxophone; Jason Moran: Piano Stefon Harris: Vibraphone; Tarus Mateen: Bass; Eric Harland: Drums
Record Label: Blue Note Records
Style: Modern Jazz