Thursday October 17, 2013
Interview with Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. He gave an interview to George Voudiklaris few days before his arrival in Athens.
“For me, jazz music, more than anything, it’s about the spirit of improvisation” Joshua Redman
GV: It is an honor and a pleasure to be talking to you. Welcome to Europe!
JR: Thank you. I’m glad to be here.
GV: From the area code, I believe you’re somewhere in the south of France?
JR: We just arrived in a town called Nimes. I don’t think I‘ve ever been here before, but it must be somewhere between Marseille and Montpellier.
GV: That is correct. I believe it has a lovely roman arena.
JR: Yes. I see a little corner of it from my hotel room. So I’m gonna go out walking and take a look at it!
GV: That’s great. And In a few days you will be with us in Athens performing. I think it has been a while since your last visit.
JR: Yes. I think last time I was in Athens was in 2007.
GV: And you have a new album out called “Walking Shadows”, which is kind of an all-star thing…
JR: Yeah, I guess! I’m playing with some musicians, friends and colleagues that I’ve known for a long time. I’ve played with these guys a lot over the years, and they are three of the finest musicians playing today, so we had a good time making the record. I love playing with those guys, just as I love playing with the guys who will be coming with me to Athens, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. Also three of the greatest musicians playing today, and we have a lot of history of playing with one another.
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