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Michael Osborn

b. 28 Sept 1941, Hereford, Herefordshire, Britain, d. 19 Sept 2007, Hereford, Hertfordshire, Britain. Osborne performed violin in the institution orchestra, however when he visited the Guildhall College of Music in London it had been to review clarinet. He could play piano as well, but after turning professional his primary device was the alto saxophone. Osborne detailed his favorite players as Phil Woods, Joe Henderson and Jackie McLean, with whom he distributed a sharp-edged, somewhat distressed-sounding shade, but he was frequently weighed against Ornette Coleman for the urgency of his audio and his capability to create very long, intense, elegant skeins of free of charge melody. Osborne 1st came to see using the Mike Westbrook Concert Music group when it re-formed after Westbrook’s proceed to London from Plymouth. ‘Ossie’ sat set for several gigs and was asked to become listed on completely in early 1963, when he was among just two professional music artists within the orchestra. On the next couple of years Osborne was a significant constituent of many great bands, like the Michael Gibbs Music group, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breathing, Harry Miller’s Isipingo as well as the group, which range from a quartet for an octet, that he co-led with John Surman during 1968 and 1969. He also caused John Warren, Alan Skidmore, Kenneth Terroade, Rik Colbeck, and Humphrey Lyttelton. In 1969, he set up his own extremely interesting trio with Harry Miller and Louis Moholo, which, aside from many great public gigs, documented several superb periods for BBC Radio’s Jazz Membership. In the first 70s he started a successful association with Stan Tracey in wholly improvised duets, which brought Tracey back again in the brink of pension through disillusion using the music business. In 1973, Osborne co-founded S.O.S., most likely the initial regular all-saxophone music group, with Skidmore and Surman. He was voted greatest alto saxophonist within the Melody Machine poll each year from 1969-73. Through the past due 70s Osborne became more and more sick and was struggling to play in public areas from 1980 onwards. His fairly small documented oeuvre does present the number of his playing, from deeply shifting but unsentimental ballad interpretations with Westbrook to scorching, intense free of charge explorations with Isipingo or the trio. He passed away from lung cancers in 2007.

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