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Friday May 29, 2009

Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman showed what a little imagination and a lot of gung-ho can do at a recent performance in Kuala Lumpur.

IF I didn’t know better, I’d have said that Joshua Redman lied. The jazz saxophonist played the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas recently with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson. But it seemed more like he was playing in a quintet.

It sounded like he sneaked in two extra musicians, because it is almost impossible that a trio without piano or guitar could sound this … full. But jokes aside, Redman and his able sidemen proved that the impossible could really happen with a little imagination and a lot of gung-ho.

Perhaps realising that a “bare bones” trio of sax, bass and drums could prove to be a little challenging to the ears, Redman and gang kicked things off with a popular standard, Mack the Knife, before launching into more harmonically formidable stuff such as the tunes off Redman’s latest album, Compass.

Click here to read the full article The Star Online.



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