Monday, February 6, 2012
More Osby (& Moran)
Greg Osby's Banned in New York is probably his magnum opus so far, but there is a lot more ore here to mine. Tonight I have been listening to Channel Three, a trio album with Matt Brewer on bass and Jeff Watts on percussion. I hadn't heard it until now. It is majestic. Joe Henderson's State of the Tenor comes to mind. I am playing the first cut, an Ornette Coleman composition entitled 'Mob Job'.
To reconnect to the Jason Moran/Greg Osby theme, I have also been listening to New Directions. This remarkable recording has Osby on alto, Mark Shim on tenor, Moran on Piano, Stefon Harris on vibes, Tarus Mateen on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. If you are looking for an imaginative and superbly crafted version of jazz hits, have I got an album for you mon frere. I am playing 'Theme from Blowup', a well known Herbie Hancock composition. It's very Hancock, except for being completely different. Get the album. You'll love their interpretation of Lee Morgan's 'Sidewinder'.
Finally, I have a couple cuts from Osby's Inner Circle. Osby, Moran, Harris, and Mateen again, with Eric Harland on drums. Every note is surprising. I am playing 'Equalatogram' and 'All Neon Like'. The first features a marvelous interplay between Harris and Moran. The second is soulful and delicate.