Greg Osby

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Greg Osby
Greg Osby photo.jpg
Osby performing in 2008
Background information
Born (1960-08-03) August 3, 1960 (age 57)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Free jazz, free funk, M-Base
Occupation(s) Musician, record label owner
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1980–present
Labels JMT, Blue Note
Associated acts Stata Institute, M-Base Collective
Website www.gregosby.com

Greg Osby (born August 3, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist who plays mainly in the free jazz, free funk and M-Base idioms.

Biography[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Osby studied at Howard University, then at the Berklee College of Music[1] with Andy McGhee. Osby's main instrument is alto sax but he occasionally plays soprano sax. He played on Jack DeJohnette's album Special Edition and has recorded with Jim Hall and Andrew Hill, setting the stage for their appearance on Osby's The Invisible Hand. With Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Gary Thomas, and Cassandra Wilson, he was a member of the M-Base Collective.[1]

He began recording albums under his own name for JMT Records in the 1980s, then recorded for Blue Note in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he formed his own label, Inner Circle Music.[1] He gave exposure to young pianist Jason Moran, who appeared on most of Osby's 1990s albums, including Banned in New York and Symbols of Light, an experiment with adding a string quartet to the band.

Osby has contributed to Yo Miles!, a jazz fusion group lead by Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith that pays tribute to the 1960s and '70s electric fusion music of Miles Davis.[2] He has also played with Phil Lesh and Friends, and in 2003 he toured with the Dead, a reincarnation of the Grateful Dead.

He was named Jazz Artist of Year in the March 2000 issue of Playboy magazine.[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Title Recorded Released Label Notes
Greg Osby and Sound Theatre May–June 1987 (*) 1987 JMT
Mindgames May 1988 1988 JMT
Season of Renewal July 1989 1989 JMT
Man-Talk for Moderns Vol. X October–November 1990 1991 Blue Note
3-D Lifestyles 1993 Blue Note
Black Book 1995 Blue Note
Art Forum 1996 Blue Note
Further Ado 1997 Blue Note
Zero January 1998 1998 Blue Note
Banned in New York 1998 Blue Note Live
Friendly Fire December 1998 1999 Blue Note with Joe Lovano
New Directions May 1999 2000 Blue Note with Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Mark Shim
The Invisible Hand September 1999 2000 Blue Note With Gary Thomas, Andrew Hill, Jim Hall, Scott Colley, Terri Lyne Carrington
Symbols of Light (A Solution) January 2001 2001 Blue Note
Inner Circle April 1999 2002 Blue Note
St. Louis Shoes January 2003 2003 Blue Note
Public January 2004 2004 Blue Note Live
Channel Three February 2005 2005 Blue Note
9 Levels August 2008 2008 Inner Circlex

With Andrew Hill

With Uri Caine

With Steve Coleman

With Robin Eubanks

With Gary Thomas

With Tineke Postma

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Greg Osby". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Davis, Francis (15 February 2005). "Version-a-Ning". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "innercirclemusic ::". innercirclemusic.net. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. 

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