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Greg Osby

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a composer, bandleader, educator and recording artist for the past 35 years. Notable for his insightful and unique approach to composition and performance of original jazz music, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of improvising musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and riveting live performances. Born and reared in St. Louis, Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone

Rites of Fire

Label: KASMAVTSU Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Sage; 2. The Augurs of Spring, Dances of the Young Girls A; Infernal Dance of King Kashchei; Rite Of Spring: Introduction A; Spring Rounds; Rite Of Spring: Introduction B; Firebird: Finale; Firebird: Introduction A; Mystic Circles of the Young Girls A; Mystic Circles of the Young Girls B; The Firebird's Variation; The Augurs of Spring, Dances of the Young Girls B; The Sacrifice: Introduction; Berceuse; Ritual Of Abduction; Adoration of the Earth: Introduction A; Adoration of the Earth: Introduction B; Sacrificial Dance A; Sacrificial Dance B; 20. Introduction: The Sacrifice; The Princesses’ Khorovod; Ritual Action of the Ancestors; Spring Rounds (Infine Remix)

ARTICLE: RADIO

[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There was so much great music recorded live at the Jazz Standard, that we could not possibly squeeze it all in our weekly radio show, so here's a bonus mixtape with another couple of hours of great memories from the celebrated venue, as part of our commemoration series. [Check out Part 1 and Part 2]

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. The Claire Daly Band RAH! RAH! Ride Symbol 2020 To credibly conceive and execute homage to the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For our seasonal Hanksgiving show, this year we pay tribute to Hank Mobley, both as a saxophonist and a composer, by playing music from his albums, which are a cornerstone of the Blue Note sound and catalogue, and renditions of his music by musicians that came after him. There's so much to love in Mobley's repertoire. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tineke Postma: Freya

Read "Freya" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following the co-led outing with Greg Osby that was Sonic Halo (Challenge Records, 2014), Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma took a step back from her solo career to raise a family. In the intervening years there were two trio albums with Nathalie Loriers, but Freya— Postma's debut on Edition Records—marks her comeback as a leader. Inspiration comes ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases

Read "Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

In this edition of the show there are lots of new and forthcoming releases including music from the Orbit577, Edition Records and ears&eyes labels. I am also continuing my exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. The main focus of the show is new work from impressive guitarist Dan Pitt, and, a fascinating ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rudy Royston: PaNOptic

Read "PaNOptic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like many jazz musicians in 2020, drummer/composer Rudy Royston has felt the direct effects of living in the coronavirus world. The Texas native, now a New Jersey resident, found his streams of income drying up without gigs, but then experienced a fortunate twist of fate that stood him up. Head above water, the artist pays it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes

Read "Pursuance: The Coltranes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Over the years, there have been many recorded tributes to John Coltrane but saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin takes the concept farther by paying homage to the work of both John and his wife, Alice Coltrane. Benjamin plays their compositions in a wide range of settings with a large cast of musicians, including a couple who actually worked ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More

Read "Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Nicholas Payton appeared a few days ago at the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So, we thought it would be a fine idea to feature several selections from his most recent recording, Relaxin' with Nick. This week we start our Carmen McRae centennial celebration, featuring her with Jack McDuff, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway 'live..'. a ...


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