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Thursday January 13, 2011

From San Jose Mercury News

Joshua Redman Goes Solo
By: Andrew Gilbert

For jazz musicians, one might not be the loneliest number, but it’s certainly the most fraught with possibilities.

It’s true that some pianists and guitarists excel at solo recitals, but few horn players possess the stamina, confidence and inclination to take the stage without accompanists. While saxophone star Joshua Redman has distinguished himself in a multiplicity of diverse settings, he’s rarely attempted to handle an evening on his own, which adds drama to his already intriguing solo concert Wednesday at the Montalvo Arts Center. He also plays with a quartet at Zellerbach Hall on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Two of his previous solo performances took place in the majestic Grace Cathedral as part of SFJazz’s Sacred Space series. With its resonant acoustics, the soaring chamber almost served as a second voice, providing a sonic cushion upon which he could build chords. The intimate Carriage House Theatre offers a far cleaner acoustic environment.

“This is only my fourth solo performance ever, and it’s going to be challenge,” says Redman, 41, from his home in North Berkeley. “I don’t know this space, and the acoustics of the room play a big part in my musical choices.”

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