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First released in 1976 making its CD debut with 26 extra minutes, Osborne's trio with Louis Moholo and Harry Miller is a full-on and passionate live performance.

Osborne, Mike Trio
All Night Long

Osborne, Mike Trio: All Night Long (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    

"[...] Osborne was [the UKs] Ornette Coleman and Jackie McLean combined, a searingly emotional player whose personal fires consumed his art early in life: he was disabled by mental illness in the early 1980s, at 40, which put an end to his playing career.

"This live set from the Willisau jazz festival in 1975 represents Osborne as his fans from those days remember him, and newcomers may well be astonished by the power of an original improviser whose achievements have, by and large, slipped out of the record books. The saxophonist plays six originals here, and one cover (Monk's Round Midnight), with his favourite partners: Moholo and his expat fellow South African, the late bassist Harry Miller.

On the title track, Osborne's whirling, bittersweet lines fly over Moholo's free-bop cymbal beat and Miller's stormy arco undercurrent like the mid-1960s Ornette trio with bassist David Izenzon. The alto sound sings exultantly and swerves tremulously on and off the pitch in the edgily swinging Round Midnight. Miller's racing pulse powers the breathless, writhing Scotch Pearl; Waltz is a baleful low-register motif that accelerates as Osborne and the fiercely percussive Miller improvise in intertwining lines; and Ken's Tune (one of two 20-minute stretches) evolves like a fitfully playful spontaneous suite, with some Charlie Parker inflections en route.

It's all pretty full-on, but this group in full cry could peel the paintwork, and All Night Long catches that elusive live feel as well as possible."-John Fordham, The Guardian

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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675572256

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: OGCD029
Squidco Product Code: 10595

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Tracks 1-6 recorded live at Willisau, Switzerland on April 13, 1975 by Walter Troxler. Tracks 1-5 previous released on LP in 1976 on the Ogun label as OG700. Track 6 previously unreleased. Track 7 recorded live in Europe, previously unreleased.


Mike Osborne-alto sax

Louis Moholo-drums

Harry Miller-bass

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Track Listing:

1. All Night Long > Rivers 7:15

2. Round Midnight 4:56

3. Scotch Pearl 8:51

4. Waltz 7:06

5. Ken's Tune > Country Bounce > All Night Long > Trio Trio 23:26

6. Scotch Pearl 4:04

7. Now and Then, Here and Now 22:38

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