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Joshua Redman: Postbop Sax, Plus Strings

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Monday June 03, 2013

From The New York Times

Postbop Sax, Plus Strings
By: Nate Chinen

Melody is always paramount for the saxophonist Joshua Redman, to a degree that sets him apart from his postbop peers. Still, there hasn’t been a more sublimely lyrical gesture in his 20-year recording career than “Walking Shadows” (Nonesuch), an album that sets his tenor and soprano against a string orchestra, in tremulous but thoughtful new arrangements.

The track list includes jazz standards and pensive originals, some Bach and some Beatles, and Mr. Redman approaches each performance with a dry, focused intelligence. His rhythm section — the drummer Brian Blade, the bassist Larry Grenadier and the pianist Brad Mehldau, who did some of the arranging and helped produce the album — brings a lot of shared history to the table, and it shows.

So it’s worth noting that the same players will join Mr. Redman on Tuesday at Town Hall, in an early highlight of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, which runs through June 30.

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