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Greg Osby: The Invisible Hand (Blue Note 7243 5 20134 2 5).

Greg Osby: The Invisible Hand (Blue Note 7243 5 20134 2 5)

The New Directions CD reviewed above is a wonderful CD, largely because of alto saxophonist Greg Osby; as good as that CD is, however, The Invisible Hand is even better--musically and sonically. What an amazing session! Osby plays some clarinet in addition to saxophone, veterans Andrew Hill (piano) and Jim Hall (guitar) contribute both with their playing and their composing skills, Gary Thomas (flute, alto flute, and tenor sax) adds melodic support, while Scott Colley (bass) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) provide the rhythmic underpinning. Every one of the players makes a really solid contribution; they all sound so good--so amazingly good--that it is hard to believe that they have not been playing together for years and years. I must make a special note of the playing of veteran Jim Hall, however, who has a way of playing what seem to be just the right notes, even when they are not the notes you might expect. Just listen to his work on the opening cut, Hill's "Ashes." Wonderful stuff ... But the musical highlight of the CD is a cut on which Hall and Thomas do not play, Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz," which is guaranteed to make an real jazz fan smile in appreciation. Amazing ... And then Hall and Thomas are back to contribute to an evocative arrangement of "Nature Boy" that creates a world, much like a Mahler symphony. My goodness ... Engineers Joseph and Nancy Marciano captured the proceedings in excellent, well-balanced sound. The year is young, but The Invisible Hand already looks like my odds-on favorite for jazz recording of the year. --KWN
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Author:Nehring, Karl W.
Publication:Sensible Sound
Date:Jun 1, 2000
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