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In the history of British jazz, there were few voices as unmistakable as Mike Osborne's alto saxophone, but his story is one of the tragedies of British jazz. Within 15 years of his first recordings, simmering mental illness had taken over and forced him away from his musical compatriots in vibrant London and brought him back to his native Hereford (near the Welsh border), where he lived under care until his death in 2007, his saxophone silent for decades.

But during his career, Osborne was one of British jazz's most versatile players, working with members of the various spheres creating a new indigenous British jazz: the Spontaneous Music Ensemble circle; the crowd around the South African Blue Notes; members of the Canterbury Scene; and the modernists centered on John Surman.


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Album The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979 by Alan Wakeman

The Octet Broadcasts...

Gearbox Records
2020

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Album Dawn by Mike Osborne

Dawn

Cuneiform Records
2015

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Album Force Of Nature by Mike Osborne

Force Of Nature

Reel Recordings
2009

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