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The Birmingham Jazz Concert - Mike Osborne Trio CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cadillac Records
  • ASIN: B0078P2R74
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ossie's Opener 7.20
  2. More Mike 9.10
  3. Cousin Mary 5.11
  4. Awakening Spirit 3.42
  5. Alfie 5.31
  6. Journey's End/All Night Long 6.37
  7. Almost Home Kathy 8.36

Disc: 2

  1. Nutty 11.56
  2. One for George 12.37
  3. Ken's Tune 7.53
  4. Awakening Spirit 10.26
  5. Don't Stop the Carnival 9.31
  6. untitled improvisation 4.26

Product Description


English alto-sax legend Mike Osborne was 35 and at his artistic peak when Birmingham promoter George West taped his trio in the Grand Hotel s Warwick Suite one night in 1976. The long-lost result is a worthy epitaph for a career tragically silenced by mental illness. Though he lived until 2007 Osborne never played in public after 1980. Here, backed by drummer Tony Levin and South African bassist Harry Miller, he delivers originals and classics by Monk, Rollins and Coltrane with phenomenal drive. Regardless of your jazz affiliations, bits of this double album will knock your socks off. FIVE STARS --London Evening Standard

Mike Osborne was one of the most adventurous saxophonists to emerge from the transitional 1960s/70s period in British jazz after the strict harmonic rules of bebop were transformed by the free jazz of Ornette Coleman. Osborne worked in Mike Westbrook's pioneering big band, and in the vivid South African groups of Chris McGregor but this 1976 live recording represents the late saxophonist at his freest. He performs here with regular bassist Harry Miller and Birmingham drummer Tony Levin both inveterate envelope-pusher, and with them Osborne's soulful, somewhat Jackie McLean-like sound takes wing. Osborne's own pieces are full of biting lyricism and unexpected playfulness, while he's brittle and urgent over Miller's flying bass walk on John Coltrane's Cousin Mary, drily unsentimental on Sonny Rollins' Alfie, and bounces off Levin's potholed-road thumps on Thelonious Monk's Nutty. This isn't just a relic of an undocumented group, but a grippingly original jazz performance by any standards. FOUR STARS --The Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alto Trio 10 Dec. 2012
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Mike Osborne's previous releases were outstanding before medical problems cut his career short and ultimately resulted in his death. This is a great find for fans of his or anybody interested in investigating what he was all about. Each disc is a seamless medley of songs that easily flow from one to the other with a sympathetic rhythm section of Harry Miller and Tony Levin. The only comparison to a well known artist that I can give is Ornette Coleman but even that doesn't capture the essence of his playing. Very highly recommended.
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