Friendly Fire (Joe Lovano & Greg Osby album)

Friendly Fire is an album by the American jazz saxophonists Joe Lovano and Greg Osby recorded in 1998 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]

Friendly Fire
Studio album by
RecordedDecember 15 and 16, 1998
StudioAvatar Studios, NYC
LabelBlue Note
ProducerJoe Lovano and Greg Osby
Joe Lovano chronology
Trio Fascination: Edition One
Friendly Fire
52nd Street Themes


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In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine states, "Lovano and Osby are both first-class improvisers, and they turn in dynamic performances throughout the album, whether it's on originals or standards. They turn Friendly Fire into a compelling listen that's the musical equivalent of the title's promise".[2] Bill Shoemaker of JazzTimes commented "Track after track, Lovano and Osby confirm their marquee status. Consistently, their flinty exchanges provoke them to go beyond their usual high standards of passionate intelligence. As a result, this pairing has long-term potential. Hopefully, Lovano and Osby won’t wait for the next Blue Note anniversary for a second session".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Joe Lovano except as indicated
  1. "Geo J Lo" (Greg Osby) - 6:15
  2. "The Wild East" - 6:34
  3. "Serene" (Eric Dolphy) - 7:25
  4. "Broad Way Blues" (Ornette Coleman) - 8:08
  5. "Monk's Mood" (Thelonious Monk) - 4:47
  6. "Idris" - 11:30
  7. "Truth Be Told" (Osby) - 5:35
  8. "Silenos" (Osby) - 5:36
  9. "Alexander the Great" - 11:52



  1. Joe Lovano discography accessed July 21, 2011
  2. Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed July 21, 2011
  3. Shoemaker, Bill (1 September 1999). "Joe Lovano/Greg Osby: Friendly Fire". JazzTimes. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
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