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Eclectic jazzman Redman goes back to basics

on October 01, 2010

The Joshua Redman Trio—featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson—launches a four-night run at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis Wednesday night. In advance of the concerts, Redman is the subject of a profile in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 

"Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman could never be accused of standing still artistically," writes the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson. "Redman earned critical kudos for his 2007 album, Back East, whose title cleverly nodded to the classic Sonny Rollins trio album, Way Out West. On his latest disc, Compass (2009), Redman ups the ante on some

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Redman Double Trio Exudes "Sheer Joy, Exhilaration" at Copenhagen Jazz Fest

on July 08, 2010

Joshua Redman brought his Double Trio—bassists Reuben Rogers and Matt Penman and drummers Gregory Hutchinson and Bill Stewart—to the Copenhagen Jazzhouse for two nights as part of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. It's a format he introduced on his latest album, 2009's Compass.

 

"With the Double Trio, Redman has unleashed a band capable of communicating the sheer joy and exhilaration of live music-making as vividly and completely as any I have ever heard," writes London Jazz News' Sebastian Scotney. "It is a band which puts Redman's wish to communicate with an audience in a perfect setting.

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James Farm to Play Vancouver Jazz Fest; Communication is Crucial

on June 24, 2010

James Farm—the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—performs at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts tomorrow night as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In advance of the show, Redman spoke with Straight's Alexander Varty about the band, how it came to be, and what to expect from their music.

 

"Everybody in this band is a composer,” Redman tells Varty, “and all the decisions are made collectively.

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James Farm reveals its amazing potential at Kuumbwa (Mercury News)

on June 15, 2010

James Farm—the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—performed at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California, Monday night.

 

The San Jose Mercury News' Richard Scheinin, reviewing the evening's second set, suggests that this band, "if it stays together and plays with any regularity, will be an important one."

 

Scheinin goes on to write: "Foundational textures and grooves are important, evolving through each song, making a landscape.

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Intimate Redman, Mehldau show a real winner (Times Union)

on April 18, 2010

Nonesuch Records label mates and longtime friends Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau performed an intimate duo set at Skidmore College's new Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Friday night.

 

"The twosome played with an unerring touch—by turns delicate, blues-laden, strutting and hushed—yet with no less intensity than Redman brought to The Egg with his roiling double trio [last year]," writes the Albany Times Union's Greg Haymes in his review.

 

"Mehldau is an acknowledged master of the piano, every bit Redman's equal.

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