Greg Osby: Indiana
Greg Osby (alto sax, clarinet)
The Invisible Hand (Blue Note 7234 5 20134 25)
Greg Osby (alto sax, clarinet),
Scott Colley (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums).
Composed by James Hanley & Ballard MacDonald.
Recorded: New York, September 8-9, 1999
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Here, the melody of "Indiana" is more a pretext for exploration and improvisation than the real center of interest, all the more since no harmonic instrument that could allude to the song's chord pattern is involved. Osby starts on the alto in a brisk, rather Steve Coleman-like manner, after which Carrington's powerful, dynamic drums enter, next Colley's bass brings some earthy foundations, then comes Osby again on overdubbed clarinet. And for 4:34 these four voices intertwine their melodic and rhythmic lines in a fascinating contemporary counterpoint that gives a highly interesting and original overview on a timeless tune.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum