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Oof.

An absolutely wonderful player. Perhaps little known outside the uk (?)
For those who don't know his music, Surman's "Tales from the Algonquin" is a great album to start with.

Thanks for the link too.

RIP Mike Osborne.
 

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I imagine few outside of England are aware of him. I was fortunate enough to read "The Encyclopedia of Jazz" back in the 70s, which is authored by Brits and has an entry for Osborne. I imagine I was not alone in wondering whether he might someday re-emerge as a player, but that was not to be. RIP MO.
 

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Sos !!!! A Masterpiece In My Mind. Always!!

SAD, I always wanted to hear him live too.

I bought SOS record back a few decades ago bacause I wanted to hear Skidmore and never heard of Mike Osborne. I immediatly became a fan.

Elton Dean was another one, stone cold personal players with so much to offer.

I heard Osborne was suffering issues. I'm not surprized either the way the public can turn it's back on someone like him or others and just coo over someone who can't play in tempo. SAD.

Man, I always wanted to hear him live. He had some beautiful alto sound and conception. Just as gifted as Kenny Garrett or anyone just few knew of his genius.

RIP.
 

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Tim Price said:
SAD, I always wanted to hear him live too.

I bought SOS record back a few decades ago bacause I wanted to hear Skidmore and never heard of Mike Osborne. I immediatly became a fan.

Elton Dean was another one, stone cold personal players with so much to offer.

I heard Osborne was suffering issues. I'm not surprized either the way the public can turn it's back on someone like him or others and just coo over someone who can't play in tempo. SAD.

Man, I always wanted to hear him live. He had some beautiful alto sound and conception. Just as gifted as Kenny Garrett or anyone just few knew of his genius.

RIP.
Tim , many thanks for coming in on this one - I heard him with Louis Moholo and Harry Miller and it was a defining evening for me .....I have never heard a sound and force like it ......that pic of him on the site link shocked me but at least it looked like a nice setting he was living in .
 

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baylistenor said:
Tim , many thanks for coming in on this one - I heard him with Louis Moholo and Harry Miller and it was a defining evening for me .....I have never heard a sound and force like it ......that pic of him on the site link shocked me but at least it looked like a nice setting he was living in .

baylistenor YOUR MOST WELCOME.

And any self-proud musician should listen to Mike Osborne. What I always enjoyed about his art was - it reaches a point where you no longer look upon the music as being this or that - it's just music, great music, that is hard to explain. < Similar to Australias Bernie McGann or USA'S Bert Wilson >

Every recording of Mikes was just a great 'adventure', like film score, very interesting, strong yet subtle melodies, great riffs and rhythms from what is a fairly standard band line-up.EG- Quartets etc and interactive duo/trio playing. Bits stick in your head and minds ear and I just find it a musical change, his playing for me will last a life time.
 
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