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Thursday August 08, 2013

From All About Jazz

Newport Jazz Festival 2013
By: Timothy J. O’Keefe

Joshua Redman delivered a set that featured his band’s strong improvisational sensibilities, opening with George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” The tenor saxophonist spanned the gamut of sound—warm and round, well-thought and clear, harsh and dirty. After completing a solo on the opener, Redman stepped aside, allowing the trio to explore. Intricate and expansive, the interplay between bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Gregory Hutchinson and pianist Aaron Goldberg was central to the performance.

Reflecting on the festival, Goldberg explained, “I have attended many Newport festivals, as a performer and as part of the audience. I grew up in Boston, not too far away, so Newport is very special to me. This is a perfect Newport day. The weather is perfect, and this audience is the perfect Newport audience. I’m really enjoying myself and I can’t wait to hear more music.”

The second piece, “Doll Is Mine,” was from the group’s upcoming album. Additional selections for the set included “Curly Q,” “Stardust,” and “Barracudas.”

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