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Thursday November 07, 2013

From The Albany Times Union

Saxman Joshua Redman at the top of his game
By: R.J. DeLuke

“I don’t think many people are drawn to jazz who aren’t inquisitive and don’t like excitement and aren’t prepared to embrace surprise,” said Joshua Redman, widely regarded as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation and one of the major voices on the jazz scene over the last two decades. “Jazz is a music that always keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing and keeps you in the moment.”

As accolades from jazz critic and the public continue to rain down on Redman, he doesn’t stand still. In the last decade alone, he has led a basic quartet, experimented with the pianoless trio format, formed his Double Quartet, played duet concerts with pianist Brad Mehldau, and forged the superb cooperative quartet, James Farm.

His latest project is an album of ballads, “Walking Shadows” (Nonesuch). It includes selections with precocious strings that support and highlight Redman rich, expressive horn statements. The recording is receiving high acclaim.

Redman brings a quartet to The Egg tonight, one of many appearances he has made in the Capital Region over several years. Strings won’t be with him. But what fans will see is one of the world’s great musical minds at work, in a setting that is sure to have moments that surprise even Redman. The quartet is very familiar.

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