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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.

 

"These

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Redman "At the Top of His Game" at Village Vanguard (NY Sun)

on March 21, 2008

Joshua Redman and his trio, featuring drummer Brian Blade and bassist Reuben Rogers, performed music from his latest album, Back East, at the Village Vanguard Tuesday night.

 

"Mr. Redman was in his best showman mode," writes New York Sun reviewer Will Friedwald. "He was constantly playful, exuberant, and at the top of his game.

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Joshua Redman "has never sounded more at ease" Than on "Back East" (NY Times)

on December 23, 2007

On his new album, Back East, Joshua Redman works in an acoustic-trio setting, mixing originals with standards chosen in homage to the sax players who’ve inspired him, including his late father Dewey.

 

He "has never sounded more at ease than he does here," writes the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, "engaging with a few different bass-and-drum teams. A fleeting taste of his father, the saxophonist Dewey Redman, in his last studio appearance, raises stakes as well as hairs."

 

Read more at nytimes.com.

 

Chinen's Times colleague Ben Ratliff reviews the album as well.

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