The ostensible reason for making a live album is to capture the excitement of a live performance, correct? So, what if the performance isn’t all that exciting? Greg Osby’s latest, Public (Blue Note), was recorded onstage at New York City’s Jazz Standard this past January, and while it’s good, you get the feeling that it could have been better. That “anything-can-happen-and-probably-will” feeling common to the best live albums just isn’t there.
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