Paste Magazine: Best Jazz Albums of 2018

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Tuesday November 27, 2018

From Paste Magazine

The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2018
By: Bill Milkowski

Congratulations to IMN artists John Scofield and Joshua Redman, whose albums made Paste Magazine’s ‘Best 10 Jazz Albums of 2018’ list!

2. John Scofield: Combo 66
The guitar great melds Albert King-styled string-bending and jazzy horn-like phrasing to melodic vehicles on his followup to 2016’s Grammy-winning County for Old Men. With pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer and Scofield’s longtime drummer Bill Stewart, Combo 66 shifts nimbly from the moody ‘Combo Theme’ to the catchy ‘Can’t Dance’ to the old school swinger ‘King of Belgium’ (for the late harmonica ace Toots Thielemans). ‘Icons at the Fair’ is a jazzy allusion to Paul Simon’s ‘Scarborough Fair,’ while the intimate ballad ‘I’m Sleeping In’ features Scofield at his lyrical best. Another triumph for the revered six-stringer.

9. Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming
Accomplished tenor saxophonist/composer Redman pays tribute here to Old and New Dreams, a late-‘70s/early-‘80s boundary-pushing freebop band of Ornette Coleman Quartet torchbearers that featured his late father Dewey Redman on tenor sax. With bassist Scott Colley playing the Charlie Haden role, cornetist Ron Miles channeling Don Cherry and Brian Blade reviving the spirit of Ed Blackwell, Redman digs deep on his earthy meditation ‘Blues for Charlie’ and soars majestically on Coleman’s 1969 classic ‘Comme Il Faut.’ The interplay between the four is conversational and crackling throughout, with Redman and Miles throwing sparks back and forth on ‘Unanimity’ and engaging in call-and-response on Haden’s ‘Playing.’ Another highlight here is Colley’s Ornette-ish ‘New Year.’ A new supergroup for now.

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