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Forthcoming Osby CD Is a Live One

Alto saxophonist Greg Osby’s first live album since 1998’s Banned in New York came to us in yesterday’s mail. It’s a seven-tune set titled Public that was recorded at New York’s Jazz Standard in January. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton appears on four of its tracks, and singer Joan Osborne (who sings with the resurrected Grateful Dead). Alas, you’ll have to wait until Blue Note releases it on June 1 to hear it.

Public’s track list shares three tunes with Osby’s last studio album, the standards-heavy St. Louis Shoes: Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Dizzy and Bird’s “Shaw ‘Nuff” and Leiber and Stoller’s “Bernie’s Tune.” Public also delivers a live version of “Equalatogram,” a tune from his 2002 disc Inner Circle, and two new compositions, “Rising Sun” and “Visitation.” Osby says that “Rising Sun” is “based on the harmonic framework of another one of my compositions called ‘Minstrale'” (from 1998’s Zero). And “Visitation” is based off of Toots Thielemans’ “Blues-ette.” Joan Osbourne shows up on a favorite blues of Billie Holiday’s, “Lover Man.”

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