|Born||August 3, 1960|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Genres||Free jazz, free funk, M-Base|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, record label owner|
|Labels||JMT, Blue Note|
|Associated acts||Stata Institute, M-Base Collective|
Greg Osby (born August 3, 1960) is an American saxophonist known for his very personal playing style and compositions.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Osby studied at Howard University, then at the Berklee College of Music. Osby's main instrument is alto saxophone but he occasionally plays soprano sax ophone as well. He played with Jack DeJohnette's group Special Edition from 1985-1991and has recorded with Jim Hall and Andrew Hill, among many others. With Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Gary Thomas, and Cassandra Wilson, he was a founding member of the M-Base Collective.
He began recording albums under his own name for JMT Records in the 1980s, then recorded for Blue Note in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he formed his own label, Inner Circle Music.He gave exposure to young pianist Jason Moran, who appeared on most of Osby's 1990s albums, including Further Ado, Zero, Banned in New York and Symbols of Light, a double quartet featuring the addition of a string quartet to the band.
He has also played with Phil Lesh and Friends, and he has toured with the Dead, a reincarnation of the Grateful Dead. He was named Jazz Artist of Year in the March 2009 issue of Playboy magazine.
|Greg Osby and Sound Theatre||May–June 1987 (*)||1987||JMT|
|Season of Renewal||July 1989||1989||JMT|
|Man-Talk for Moderns Vol. X||October–November 1990||1991||Blue Note|
|3-D Lifestyles||1993||Blue Note|
|Black Book||1995||Blue Note|
|Art Forum||1996||Blue Note|
|Further Ado||1997||Blue Note|
|Zero||January 1998||1998||Blue Note|
|Banned in New York||1998||Blue Note||Live|
|Friendly Fire||December 1998||1999||Blue Note||with Joe Lovano|
|New Directions||May 1999||2000||Blue Note||with Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Mark Shim|
|The Invisible Hand||September 1999||2000||Blue Note||With Gary Thomas, Andrew Hill, Jim Hall, Scott Colley, Terri Lyne Carrington|
|Symbols of Light (A Solution)||January 2001||2001||Blue Note|
|Inner Circle||April 1999||2002||Blue Note|
|St. Louis Shoes||January 2003||2003||Blue Note|
|Public||January 2004||2004||Blue Note||Live|
|Channel Three||February 2005||2005||Blue Note|
|9 Levels||August 2008||2008||Inner Circle Music|
With Franco Ambrosetti
With Cecil Brooks III
With Uri Caine
With Steve Coleman
With Robin Eubanks
With Gary Thomas
With Andrew Hill
With Jason Moran
With Tineke Postma
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