Tuesday August 12, 2014
From All About Jazz
Joshua Redman: Trios Live (2014)
By Mark F. Turner
Upholding the legacy of his namesake, saxophonist Joshua Redman—son of the great Dewey Redman—has continued to develop as a leader in jazz since the 1990’s. He’s created a name as a consummate artist through rigorous work that’s involved a previous directorship of SFJAZZ, constant tours and over a dozen recordings. At times criticized for not emulating his father’s passion, recordings such as his 2013 jazz-with-strings project Walking Shadows (Nonesuch) resulted in a beautiful studio release that was at times unengaging. But make no mistake because Redman’s definitely got the fire and burns hot as coals in Trios Live which captures the essence of his unbridled abilities as musician and performer.
It was recorded at two venues with different trios—Redman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson with bassist Matt Penman at New York City’s Jazz Standard and bassist Reuben Rogers at Washington, DC’s Blues Alley. Dedicated to the fans that’ve come out to hear Redman play over the years, these live performances in 2009 and 2013 possess a spirit that surpass many of his studio dates with its spontaneous urgency. Four originals and three covers including a persuasive interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.”
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