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Monday March 18, 2019

From WBGO

Take Five: New Music From Joshua Redman, Tom Harrell, Patricia Barber, and Elder Ones
By: Nate Chinen

Joshua Redman Quartet, ‘How We Do’

Late last week Nonesuch Records announced Come What May, a forthcoming album by the Joshua Redman Quartet. Arriving on March 29, it represents the first release for this road-tested personnel ‘” Redman on saxophones, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums ‘” in almost 20 years.

For Redman, who just turned 50, the album follows a personal best: Still Dreaming, which featured a different four-piece band and a set of jazz-historical evocations. The dynamic on Come What May is more closely related to earlier Redman efforts like Passage of Time. Listen to the stop-start syncopations in ‘How We Do,’ the first single from the album, which puts the agility of Redman’s veteran rhythm section on proud display.

‘How We Do’ is one of seven new Redman originals on the album, and as a whole they cover a healthy range of mood and style. What feels self-evident throughout Come What May is the relaxed self-assurance that Redman experiences in the company of these players. ‘This record,’ he puts it in a press statement, ‘is a celebration of our relationship.’

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