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Thursday January 20, 2011

From The Boulder Weekly

Jazz In Threes
Joshua Redman brings his hand-picked trio to Macky
By: Jon Ross

Joshua Redman is drawn to collaboration. For his entire career, the tenor saxophonist has surrounded himself with the best musicians in modern jazz, creating a true give-and-take on the bandstand and breaking out of the standard leader-accompanist mold. Redman, who is equally adept at soprano saxophone, takes great strides to develop true musical partnerships with his bandmates.

“I try to put together bands of musicians that are way better than I am. That’s how I learn, and that’s how I grow,” Redman says, chatting on the phone from his San Francisco Bay-area home. “Being a leader, at the end of the day, just means you write the checks; if the gig gets canceled, you still have to pay the cats.”

Redman brings his longtime collaborators, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. The group will be performing in a saxophone trio format, a small ensemble Redman has used with increasing frequency since 2004.

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