Album Review

Osborne, Mike – “Force of Nature ” – [Reel Recordings]

Cousin Mary   1/11/2009   CD, Jazz

Mike Osborne (1941-2007) was a British alto sax player who was unable to continue his musical career after 1983 due to schizophrenia. Shortly before his death from lung cancer in 2007, he was very happy to hear that these live recordings would be released on this album.

Very high energy ???free bop??? ??? fine contributions from all on all tracks. Track 1 recorded live in Germany really screams, great solos. Track 3 begins with a Charlie Parker like riff and ends with a fine drum solo.

Thoughtful liner notes from trumpeter Dave Holdsworth.

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