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Monday November 26, 2018

From The Ubyssey

Still Dreaming provides an intimate spectacle for jazz admirers and fanatics alike
By: Angela O’Donnell and Iain Coates

In the grand Chan Centre, a stage is set for a cozy jazz performance. Still Dreaming — a quartet of Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade — delighted audiences with their effortless fusion of different jazz genres, all wrapped up in one big performance. The quartet played a mix of music off of their new album, Still Dreaming, some songs from the band Old and New Dreams and a tune from jazz composer Ornette Coleman for the encore. The concert was a combination of pre-written melodies and improvised solos, featuring the virtuosic playing of the four expert musicians. Bandleader Joshua Redman was clearly a master of the saxophone. Ron Miles, on flugelhorn and trumpet, added another layer to the melody with his instruments’ bright tone. Bassist Scott Colley’s agile solos were a pleasure to listen to — and his rhythmic jelling with drummer Brian Blade, whose modern playing style added a fresh dimension, is what tied the whole sound together.

There was a talk before the show on the specific context of the performance, which touched on a brief history of jazz. But even without knowing about the structure or history of the genre, the music was still moving. The show had the intimate feeling of watching a group of friends joking around with each other, with Redman often taking time to compliment the solos of his fellow performers. Redman and his quartet’s performance delivered a welcoming introduction for newer jazz admirers and a strong spectacle for jazz fanatics.

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