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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005MAG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The strings and sax format has been utilized by a number of jazz greats, from Charlie Parker to Stan Getz and now alto and soprano saxophonist Greg Osby. He's working with a combo featuring the young piano whiz Jason Moran, augmented by a string quartet, which complements the leader's atmospheric and snaky sax lines. The compositions exhibit a beautiful blend of the compositional and improvisational genius of Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Henry Threadgill, Wayne Shorter, and Muhal Richard Abrams. That blend is heard on the evocative, impressionistic expressions of "M" and the anthemic "Repay in Kind." The standard "Wild Is the Wind" is reborn with a darker harmonic hue. The strings supply Osby's songs with ethereal, classically tinged textured expressions. Osby plays, arranges, and composes with imagination and ingenuity--and the best is yet to come. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Frandano on December 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Invoke Kind of Blue and I suppose you've aroused a distinct category of expectations. EVERYone knows (and owns) Miles' masterwork (even if it's the only jazz disc in his/her collection). But apart from jazz devotees, who knows Greg Osby? If everything were right in the world, EVERYone would know Greg Osby as well.

How tired are you of hearing Kind of Blue is "the most beautiful jazz recording ever made"? I surmise we all have candidates for that claim (and several by Davis sidemen from the Blue sessions). But listeners with ears trained for music of the year 2001 have Symbols of Light (A Solution), an adventurously ambitious, achingly beautiful jazz recording that is surely the loveliest I've heard this year (and I can think of few rivals from earlier years). Although I emphasize "jazz"--for it is such--all the references I want to make are to classical performance. Osby's music here contains passages of almost Mendelssohnian lyricism--or Mendelssohn in American dress, as in Barber's Adagio or Violin Concerto. It has agitated passages that are reminiscent of early and late Stravinsky (see track two, pianist Jason Moran's "Repay in Kind.") Its individual tracks have a shapeliness, an architectonic pleasingness, that I find rare in most contemporary jazz (that's not merely of the neo-bop, hard bop variety) or contemporary "classical" composition.

Symbols of Light (A Solution)--and what IS it with this title? Osby tours this music as Greg Osby and Symbols of Light, so is the quartet Symbols of Light and the album title (A Solution)? We get no help from the liner notes--fits my colloquial understanding of "American Classical Music." It is idiomatically All American. It is serious without being self conscious.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By p dizzle on August 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
mr. osby has been giving his audience wonderful images of his developing and deepening talent over his last few albums. the brilliant "banned in new york" recorded straight to a portable digital recorder in a club was superb. last year's "invisible hand" continued the streak with gret guest performances by andrew hill and jim hall. now this year, we get an altogether different vision with "symbols of light," recorded with mr. osby's base quartet and augmented with a string quartet. the result is one of the finest chamber jazz sets, right up there with the best of the modern jazz quartet. the album gets a further nod for not being afraid to bend the frame with references to eric dolphy, ornette coleman, and arthur blythe. the strings serve as a collective fifth instrument for these arrangements,enhancing the tonality and showing some intersting motifs all their own. mr. osby sounds great on alto and soprano sax with solos on "m", "this is bliss," "wild is the wind", and "repay in kind" jumping out. jason moran continues his own growth with one of his best performances. all of his solos sing and swing in this edgy set. this set does swing, but with that off-kilter lilt of thelonious monk rather than the straight-ahead swing of, say, duke ellington. get it and enjoy it. and if you really like it, try arthur blythe's album, "basic blythe" (if you can find it, alas) where the overlooked talent of the alto sax is paired with another stellar string quartet.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on July 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been familiar with Greg Osby's talent for a short time. Primarily with his work with other artists: Gary Thomas, New Directions, and Stefon Harris. Greg has a unique voice which is smooth and intense. His talent, producing, and arranging skills are immense and are always evolving.
Symbols of Light is fantastic new chapter in his evolving process. Don't expect Parker with Strings. Don't expect what you've heard on his other recordings. Do expect stellar musicians and music. This is a totally new and fresh approach. The strings play an intricate part and are not just a backdrop. The selections are, inviting, cool, driving, and beautifully haunting. Atmospheric. This should be a candidate for one of the best pieces of jazz this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Q on September 16, 2004
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Wow! I was afraid this was another syrupy sax and strings album, but I was so wrong! This is tough, uncompromising, soulful jazz, complemented by a string quartet of considerable jazz imporvisational skill. Great compositions, great arrangements, and great improvising, from all the members, and especially Greg Osby, one of the most important jazz musicians alive today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "zimri-lim" on October 16, 2001
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I haven't had a great deal of exposure to Greg Osby in the past other than owning "Art Forum" which somehow never really had much air-time on my Hi Fi. This release is a far more interesting and significant production.
The music is original and difficult to describe or to classify though it certainly wouldn't fall under the avant-garde tag as it is actually very accessible. If pushed I would describe this production as a set of tone poems which create moods with the music. The use of the strings in the background adds a generally sombre and moving continuum over which GO layers a very creative and searching dialogue which seems to have it's own, unique but musical, logic. Throughout GO employs a warm tone which is entirely suited to the composition. I found that the overall approach works well and Symbols of Light is an interesting and innovative contribution to the current direction of Jazz.
Recommended.
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