|Osby, Greg / Nine Levels|
|Label:||Inner Circle Music|
|Add Date:||2009-09-13||Pull Date:||2009-11-15||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||1 Nov||18 Oct||4 Oct||27 Sep|
|1.||Tue, 27 Oct 09:||Wedge|
|3.||Tue, 29 Sep 09:||Wedge|
Memory Select [new Tuesday time!]
|2.||Tue, 13 Oct 09:||Wedge|
Memory Select, guest Aram Shelton
|4.||Sun, 20 Sep 09:||Steven|
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.
|1.||Principle||5.||Less Tension Please|
|3.||Humility||7.||Two Of One|