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A double CD of saxophonist Mike Osborne's group with bassist Harry Miller and drummer Tony Levin performing live 1976 at the Warwick Suite, Grand Hotel in Birmingham, driven and innovative UK free jazz from a trio of legends.
 

Osborne, Mike Trio with Harry Miller and Tony Levin
The Birmingham Jazz Concert [2 CDs]

Osborne, Mike Trio with Harry Miller and Tony Levin: The Birmingham Jazz Concert [2 CDs] (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    


"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."-John Fordham, The Guardian, UK




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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675971226

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: SGCD010/011
Squidco Product Code: 15942

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: 2 CDs in gatefold cardstock foldover
Recorded on November 7th, 1976 at the Warwick Suite, Grand Hotel, Birmingham by George West.

Personnel:

Mike Osbourne-alto saxophone

Harry Miller-double bass

Tony Levin-drums

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Ossie's Opener 7:20

2. More Mike 9:10

3. Cousin Mary 5:11

4. Awakening Spirit 3:42

5. Alfie 5:48

6. Journey's End / All Night Long 6:37

7. Almost Home Kathy 9:04

CD 2

1. Nutty 12:15

2. One for George 12:37

3. Ken's Tune 8:18

4. Awakening Spirit 10:26

5. Don't Stop The Carnival 9:42

6. Untitled Improvisations 4:56