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by Victor L. Schermer
The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of the word. As Peter Margasak said in Jazz Times as early as 2000, Greg Osby has quietly become one of the most potent, complete ...read more
by Jakob Baekgaard
The music industry today is defined by a strange paradox: there are too few labels and too many. On the one hand, the major labels have merged and sign less jazz artists, meaning the dream of a company with plenty of promotional muscles becomes harder to achieve. On the other hand, more and more musicians have started releasing their own music, but their labels are often one-man operations with none of the benefits that come with a true label: a ...read more
by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.
I have found that with forward-thinking artists, their music can be a direct reflection of who they are. That's largely my interest in these very creative individuals--in how they think and how they view the world through their own eyes. Greg Osby is fearless in expressing his convictions, and I think you'll find that his compositions reflect that very character. He is a creator and a fresh voice in a world that has a tendency to fall victim to the ...read more
by Franz A. Matzner
For over two decades Greg Osby has been at the forefront of modern jazz. As a composer and player he breaks new ground, challenging audiences and the establishment with his complex, propulsive, and ever-evolving music. Never one to mince words, Osby has built a reputation as a blunt spokesman willing to tell it like it is, whether discussing the state of art, his personal development, or the less appealing aspects of the music business. Now, launching a new ...read more
by Mark F. Turner
After ending a sixteen year tenure with Blue Note Records, leaving his signature as one of the most forward thinking, outspoken, and at times misunderstood artists in contemporary jazz, saxophonist/composer Greg Osby returns with 9 Levels, the first release on his new Inner Circle Music label. The music which is based upon Osby's perspective on the Zen like principles of The 9 Levels of Humanity," personifies the artist: geometric time signatures, hip modernistic imprints, blues and bop ...read more
by Franz A. Matzner
Saturday, October 27, 2007Kennedy Center Jazz ClubWashington, DC Instrumentalist, composer, and band-leader Greg Osby has helped helm jazz's creative resurgence for nearly two decades. At the Kennedy Center last Saturday, he once again proved why he has long been one of modern jazz's most provocative figures. Presenting the official launch of his latest collection of new young voices in a brand new configuration, Osby not only redefined his sound, but ...read more
by Paul Olson
Greg Osby Four Green Mill, Chicago September 10, 2005Altoist Greg Osby's fronted a lot of terrific bands over the years, but the quartet he brought to Chicago's Green Mill for a two-night stand on September 9-10 can be listed among the best of them. On the Saturday gig of the residency, the Greg Osby Four--composed of Osby, pianist James Gordon Williams, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Tommy Crane--combined daunting technique with a restless and fearless ...read more