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Joshua Redman "Builds Off Success" for "Compass" (Springfield Republican)

on January 25, 2009

"When a jazz trio works out well, then why not take things a step further by expanding the combo to a double jazz trio?" asks Kevin O'Hare of the Springfield Republican in Western Massachusetts. "That's what sax great Joshua Redman did with his new album Compass."


O'Hare explains: "Building off the success of the Sonny Rollins-influenced sax/bass/drums trio that he used for his 2007 disc Back East, Redman doubled up for this follow-up.

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Redman fans flame of jazz fire at Berklee (Boston Herald)

on January 24, 2009

Joshua Redman and the double trio from his new album, Compass—drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson and bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers—performed music from the album at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Thursday.


"With a revolving cast of four of the best rhythm section players in the business ... and with all four joining him at times, Redman navigated a constantly changing rhythmscape with the serene intensity that has marked his career," writes the Boston Herald's Bob Young.


"His soprano sax infused two stunning ballads with a mood-altering ethereal

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Redman Makes "Most Riveting, Daring Statement of His Career" on "Compass" (PopMatters)

on January 23, 2009

"Joshua Redman is not trying to make a statement," writes PopMatters' Will Layman in an extensive article on Redman. "But, you might argue, the saxophonist’s intentions are often to no avail. With his new recording, Compass, Redman set out to make a second consecutive album of saxophone trio music, but the project would end up featuring a 'double trio' on many tracks—an innovative arrangement with two bass players and two drummers playing at the same time. It is the most riveting and daring statement of Redman’s career."


Read Layman's analysis of the new album, where it fits into Redman's

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Joshua Redman "Making Some Of The Best Music Of His Career" on "Superb New Album" (NY Times)

on January 21, 2009

Joshua Redman and the double trio from his new album, Compass—drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson and bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers—performed the first of two nights at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Tuesday. The concerts feature music from what the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen calls "Redman's superb new album" in his concert review.


"In the same way that double exposure can produce a blurred photographic image, Mr. Redman uses the Double Trio to soften his own hard-lined clarity.

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Joshua Redman's "Spirit of the Moment" Among 100 Essential Jazz Albums (New Yorker)

on May 19, 2008

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, has assembled, with the help of his colleague Richard Brody, a list of 100 Essential Jazz Albums. Included among albums by Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, and Coltrane is the Joshua Redman Quartet's 1995 album Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard.


"While finishing Bird-Watcher, a Profile of the jazz broadcaster and expert Phil Schaap, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of a hundred essential jazz albums, more as a guide for the uninitiated than as a source of quarrelling for the collector," writes Remnick.





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