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Greg Osby: Symbols of Light (A Solution)

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Saxophonist-composer Greg Osby has always been serious about taking risks and has pursued that musical path with integrity, intelligence and intensity, whether it was as a member of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition or in his first sessions as a leader for JMT Records.

His earlier experiments with M-Base and on such provocative projects as 1991’s Man-Talk for Moderns Vol. X and 1993’s hip-hop flavored 3-D Lifestyles have always been ambitious undertakings that yielded interesting, if insular, results. With 1996’s Art Forum, one sensed a maturing process had set in, both in his comportment and in his compositions (particularly the in depth “Mood for Thought” and substantial pieces like “Dialectical Interchange,” “Half Moon Step” and the evocative, suitelike “Perpetuity”).

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