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Osby, Greg / Nine Levels
Album:Nine Levels Collection:Jazz
Artist:Osby, Greg Added:04/2009
Label:Inner Circle Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-09-13 Pull Date:2009-11-15 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:1 Nov18 Oct4 Oct27 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 27, 2009:Memory Select
3.Sep 29, 2009:Memory Select [new Tuesday time!]
2.Oct 13, 2009:Memory Select, guest Aram Shelton
4.Sep 20, 2009:Transmission Overload

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-09-04 
Modern sorta-mainstream jazz: a cool slick sound masking complicated jazz with some angular soloing ideas. Intelligent and grooving.

In some ways, Osby is a paragon of modern jazz. An Osby sax solo will dart like a hummingbird but leave a steely, hard-edged path in its wake. Along the way you realize he did a lot of crazy things without sounding too "out." Like Steve Coleman, he's working to expand the jazz vocabulary while working within the jazz tradition.

Greg Osby -- alto, soprano sax
Sara Serpa -- vocals
Adam Birnbaum -- piano
Nir Felder -- guitar
Joseph Lepore -- bass
Hamir Atwal -- drums

1- Perky, darting theme over careful piano. Cool guitar solo.
2- Cooldown mode, but still a flinty groove. Randomly, wordless vocals near the end.
3- Slow. Floating and mysterious backdrop for a nicely energetic and bright sax solo on soprano sax.
4- Smoothly jabbing and grooving theme. Nicely flowing piano solo. Lushly angular guitar solo.
5- Airy mid/fast theme with wordless vocal.
6- Velvety, wandering midtempo theme. Takes its time, then blossoms apart for slow-burning free soloing
7- Lush song (w/lyrics). Slowish, mellow, poppy. Listen to how the sax follows the vowel sounds in the vocals; it's an uncanny effect.
8- Lightly midtempo. Mostly soft an relaxed, but Osby's piping solo adds some adventurous color.

Track Listing
1.Principle 5.Less Tension Please
2.Tolerance 6.Resilience
3.Humility 7.Two Of One
4.Truth 8.Innocence