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Greg Osby: Banned in New York

Those who view Wynton Marsalis and the young lions as mainstream jazzmen rather than the reactionaries they are will probably consider Osby some kind of avant gardist. Actually he’s a creative but pretty traditional alto sax player whose style is rooted in the playing of boppers and post-boppers. He doesn’t sound quite like anyone else, however, on this CD recorded live at what the press blurb describes as “an undisclosed New York City entertainment establishment.” The music was captured “in stylized low-fi” by a mini disc recorder in front of the bandstand “in order to capture the club and the band as it was.” Sort of like Jerry Newman cutting discs at Minton’s in the early,40s.

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