A Fireside Chat With Greg Osby

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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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