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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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Redman Trio "not only exceeds but upends expectations" in Brazil (JazzTimes)

on December 01, 2007

The Joshua Redman Trio performed songs from Redman's latest album, Back East, at the Festival Tudo é Jazz in Ouro Preto, Brazil, this past fall. For all the musical offerings of that country, "the most unforgettable set was provided by homeboy Joshua Redman," writes JazzTimes' Gary Giddins in his review of the festival.

 

"That album, released in April, is one of Redman’s best, and last summer he gave a bold account of it at Town Hall as part of the JVC Jazz Festival," says Giddins.

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Redman is a class apart (Evening Standard)

on November 23, 2007

The Joshua Redman Trio, featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson, performed at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival.

 

"At his best, Joshua Redman seems a class apart for technique, invention and artistry," writes Evening Standard's Jack Massarik in his review of the concert. "This US maestro has contemporary saxophone covered. He can do screams, honks and circular-breathing arpeggios with the best of them but merely as adjuncts to streams of wondrously clean, original ideas."

 

Read the complete concert review at standard.co.uk.

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