Banned in New York

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Banned in New York
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Live album by
RecordedDecember 1997 at Sweet Basil, NYC
LabelBlue Note 7243 4 96860
ProducerGreg Osby
Greg Osby chronology
Banned in New York
Friendly Fire

Banned in New York is a live album by saxophonist Greg Osby recorded at Sweet Basil in New York City in 1997 for the Blue Note label.[1][2][3] The album was recorded by Osby on a MiniDisc recorder placed on a table in front of the band.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars [5]

The AllMusic review by Joel Roberts stated, "This is jazz in its purest form: spontaneous, direct, and unfiltered".[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz listed the album as part of its "Core Collection" recommended for jazz fans.[5] All About Jazz called it "A quality effort, which receives high, marks for representing Osby’s terrific band as a serious “live” act minus some of the normal fluff and cosmetics. Nice work guys! ...Recommended"[6] Harvey Pekar, writing for JazzTimes, stated: "A skilled player, Osby's always thinking; even at the fastest tempos he seems in control, and resists the temptation to go on automatic pilot".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Greg Osby except as indicated

  1. "13th Floor" - 12:54
  2. "Pent-Up House" (Sonny Rollins) - 13:24
  3. "I Didn't Know About You" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) - 11:45
  4. "Big Foot" (Charlie Parker) - 14:10
  5. "Big Foot" [excerpt] (Parker) - 2:42
  6. "52nd Street Theme" (Thelonious Monk) - 3:12



  1. ^ Greg Osby leader discography, accessed October 8, 2014
  2. ^ Lyles, R., Greg Osby complete discography, accessed October 8, 2014
  3. ^ Jazz Discography Project - Greg Osby discography session index, accessed October 8, 2014
  4. ^ a b Roberts, J., Allmusic Review accessed October 8, 2014
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1106. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  6. ^ Astarita, G., All About Jazz Review, January 1, 1999
  7. ^ Pekar, H., JazzTimes Review, April 1999