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A Fireside Chat With Greg Osby

By Published: November 29, 2003

Often times, I do go into markets and they don't have any of my product in stock at all. I'm talking about major retailers. I will call the guy at Blue Note whose job it is to do retail roundup and ask how come he knew what my dates were on this tour, and how come he didn't call Tower or Virgin and made sure they had what was necessary.

What can I say, Fred, you try not to tell people how to do their jobs. You try to sit back and wait and see if people are going to honor their position by doing it and then the record doesn't do what it should do and all fingers are pointed at you. Like I wear all of those hats.

FJ: You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

GO: Yeah, I have to try to just keep cranking out interesting music that is interesting to me, and hopefully I can share with others and they can embrace it and find it interesting too. I am in the middle of this study period. I took off two months really and turned down a whole lot of work. I have a couple of little gigs, but I said that there was too much on the line here and I had all these journals and approaches and all my journals and notebooks and things, unfinished concepts and things that you can't do on the road because of jet lag and the fatigue and hairy schedules.

It has been a very fertile and very productive period right now and I'm writing a whole lot, cranking out almost a new song a day, practicing like a fiend all night long. I live out in the woods, so I can just make all the noise I want. So it has been a very good period.

FJ: Is it time to get back out into the public eye?

GO: Oh, absolutely. I am leaving tomorrow for Maine. We're playing a jazz festival up there. I have a gig with my group and a duo with Jason. We've been doing that quite a bit. We have a duo tour in the spring in Europe. We have a few chamber society hits as a duo. For me, as a duo player, I have to assume the roles of the missing elements, so sometimes I walk bass on the saxophone or I play rhythmic or percussive elements to make up for the lack of drums. Jason is an orchestra in and of himself, so we kind of fill it up. It is very taxing for a player because you are blowing non-stop. So it takes a lot of thought and a lot of stamina, but it has worked very well for us. I've gotten a lot of interest to it.

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