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Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

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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 ...

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Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit

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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 ...

Greg Osby: A Candid Conversation

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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 ...

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Greg Osby: New Mission, New Label, New Responsibility

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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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Osby: 9 Levels

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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 ...

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New Inventions: Greg Osby Debuts Latest Band at Kennedy Center Jazz

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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 ...

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Greg Osby Four at the Green Mill

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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 ...

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Greg Osby: Channel Three

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The freedom that saxophonist Greg Osby exhibits on Channel Three allows him to create openly without clutter. The harmony comes through overlapping tones, as saxophone and bass converse and drummer Jeff Watts echoes with various textures. You can even feel the pitches coming from his drum set.

Working without a pianist, the trio opens up. Sustained notes between phrases have to be supplied as a part of their action. There's no room to lay back. Each of the ...

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Greg Osby: Channel Three

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At some point in their careers, most saxophonists decide to tackle the trio format and do away with chordal instruments, or pick up another linear front line player to provide either the implicit or explicit harmonies inherent in larger groupings. Greg Osby has waited longer than most to tackle the challenging context, but with Channel Three, his 16th release as a leader, he creates a saxophone trio with a difference. That should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with ...

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Greg Osby: Channel Three

Read "Channel Three" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Channel Three, the first trio album in Greg Osby's now almost twenty-year recording career, is one of challenging, accessible, and incessantly swinging music. In many ways it sits in contrast to anything else in his catalog, but it nonetheless also sounds exactly like the alto saxophonist, due to Osby's indomitable spirit.

Such a unique sound is hard to come by as more and more musicians are finding ways to distribute their music--but Osby's bright tone and note-dense, yet ...

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Greg Osby: Channel Three

Read "Channel Three" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Progressive jazz enthusiasts have to admire an artist who is willing to take chances. From early beginnings with the creative music outlet of the M-BASE collective and popular music which included early hip hop, to becoming one of today's most individualistic jazz artists, saxophonist Greg Osby has continued to create music that is grounded yet is always flourishing towards inventiveness. After having recorded in various jazz ensembles small and large, it's hard to believe that Channel Three is his first ...

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The Greg Osby 4 at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Holland 4-17-04

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Greg Osby The Greg Osby 4 at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Holland 4-17-04 www.gregosby.com 2004

Greg Osby's desire to release several albums a year in the old Blue Note tradition is finding life in the most modern way possible.

The alto saxophonist is offering free downloads of more than a dozen full-length live performances from the past several years at his internet site, www.gregosby.com . They feature top-notch sound and some of ...


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