Greg Osby: Symbols of Light (A Solution)
Wisely, Osby doesn’t run the strings concept into the ground: Andrew Hill’s "Golden Sunset" is a sax/piano duo, as is the closing "Minstrale Again (The Barefoot Tapdance)." Strings appear only at the beginning of "One Room." And "Wild Is the Wind," the old Johnny Mathis hit, is performed without strings or drums. The sound of the album never gets old. Osby’s originals are strong, particularly "Northbound," which features his most inspired horn playing on the date. Other highlights include Moran’s "Repay In Kind" and Masabumi Kikuchi’s "M."
Track Listing: 1. 3 For Civility 2. Repay In Kind 3. "M" 4. The Keep 5. Golden Sunset 6. This Is Bliss 7. One Room 8. Northbound 9. Wild Is the Wind 10. Social Order 11. Minstrale Again (The Barefoot Tapdance
Personnel: Greg Osby, alto and soprano saxophone; Jason Moran, piano; Scott Colley, acoustic bass; Marlon Browden, drums; Marlene Rice-Shaw & Christian Howes, violins; Judith Insell-Stack, viola; Nioka Workman, cello
Record Label: Blue Note Records
Style: Modern Jazz