Hoping to capture the immediacy and raw energy of one of his live performances, Osby
simply placed a mini-disc recorder on a table in front of the bandstand at New York City's Sweet Basil nightclub. Then he and his explosive young band -- and I do mean young; drummer Rodney Green
is just 19 -- launched into an hour-long set of nonstop music. One microphone, no breaks between songs, no stage announcements -- just a solid hour of seamless, high-octane jazz. One of the most exciting improvisers around, Osby
stretches out here on a set of standards by Ellington
, Rollins, and Parker, plus one original. But don't expect to hear much that's familiar. The tunes are merely seeds for Osby's fast and furious improvisation. The young-gun rhythm section of Jason Moran
on piano, Atsushi Osada on bass, and Green
on drums keep things rolling at a full-throttle pace. This is jazz in its purest form: spontaneous, direct, and unfiltered.