Greg Osby

"These reeds have a very unique character and the absolute best response of any reed that I have ever played - and I've played quite few in my 27 years as a saxophonist. Every one plays well - even the ones that I prefer less than others.I am also using the soprano reeds for the first time during my week with Joe Lovano at the Iridium. They are smoking! At the moment, they are absolutely perfect. Clean and bright response in all registers, just the way I like them. Nothing worse than a stuffy, non-vibrating sound.

I met a whole lot of saxophonists during a recent European tour, many who have been following me for years. One of the most common statements I heard was "Your sound is even better than before. Tell me, what are you practicing to get such a sound?" Everyone initially assumes that I have discovered some secret method of long tones or something until I break out the tin  "DC" box. It's great to witness their reactions when they find what new reed I play." I am extremely enthusiastic about them and will encourage everyone to switch. These reeds are fantastic!"

I first saw Greg Osby in Tokyo in the late 80's when there was a real boom in jazz in Japan and there were some great summer festivals being produced. Greg was playing with Jack DeJohnette and the impact of his tone, ideas, drive, and all around performance was just stunning.

Greg Osby is one of the LEADERS of the jazz scene, one of those very special saxophone players who has their own voice and always is on the cutting edge of what's happening. I think this sentiment is best expressed on his homepage: The Greg Osby Website

"Never one to dwell on past accomplishments, Greg Osby, like most creative people, is a restless artist in a state of perpetual forward motion. His search for new ways to reach the audience with his music has often placed him in a league of his hear a fresh outlook, an innovative twist, an uncommon way of avoiding the clichés." That says it all!

The jazz artists with whom Greg Osby has been associated have resided in the top echelons of jazz: Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, The World Saxophone Quartet, Jon Faddis, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, Graham Haynes, Steve Coleman, Robin Eubanks, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Gary Thomas, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, just to name some...the list goes on and on.

Since his involvement with Blue Note Records commencing in 1990 till the present, 18 albums later (culminating with his latest work, ("Channel Three") , Mr.Osby is one of the main saxophone voices in the world today, which is also verified by his perennially being listed in the top 5 of Best Alto Sax in Down Beat's polls among other things. Greg is the type of saxophonist I originally envisioned our who is always on the move, looking to expand his musical horizons with something to valuable to say and it is a true honor indeed to have him aboard now for several years as a World Artist.