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Joshua Redman Comes Back East to Blues Alley

on May 11, 2007

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The sax/bass/drums trio is an interesting format for a jazz band. Back East, saxophonist Joshua Redman's latest release, marks his first foray into this lineup. The excellent album features Redman along with a variety of drummers, bassists, and guest saxophonists on certain cuts, including his late father, Dewey Redman. Thursday night, he brought a trio to Blues Alley for two blistering sets of music that showed why he is one of the most respected jazz musicians of his generation.

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Fathers and son

on May 01, 2007

By Jon Garelick
The Phoenix

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman's talent. Raised by a single mother of modest means in Berkeley, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and was accepted to Yale Law School in 1991, the same year he won first place in the Thelonious Monk competition. In no time, it seemed, he had moved to the forefront of modern jazz, joining heavy-hitting veterans as a sideman, leading his own bands on Warner Bros. (a label not known for mainstream jazz), and packing concert halls as few of his peers — or even his elders, including his dad, Dewey Redman — could.

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Swinging to Beats in the Past and Present Tense

on April 29, 2007

By Ben Ratliff
The New York Times

"Back East" (Nonesuch) isn't a stopgap or an experiment for the saxophonist Joshua Redman; it's a record that scales back and takes inventory of his roots and strengths. It pulls vigorously toward the example of Sonny Rollins (the title is a play on Mr. Rollins's 1957 album "Way Out West") but also, to a lesser extent, toward John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Mr. Redman's father, Dewey Redman, who died last year. Mostly, it's a no-nonsense saxophone-trio record - like "Way Out West" - using three rhythm sections, all of them first-rate.

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Joshua Redman: Back East

on April 28, 2007

By Dan Ouellette
Billboard

Arguably the brightest star of the new jazz generation of the '90s, Joshua Redman has consistently recorded top-drawer albums that have explored stratospheric altitudes of ensemble interplay and improvisation. But the saxophonist has outdone himself with his latest and most accomplished outing, "Back East." Largely a sax trio date (remarkably, Redman's first) with three different bass-drum rhythm sections, the CD is a milestone of melodic grace and majestic whimsy.

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Critic's Pick: Jazz

on April 27, 2007

The Lexington Herald Leader

After spearheading San Francisco's SFJazz Collective in recent years, along with records of groove-oriented R&B and soul, Redman has sought a move that is stylistic and somewhat geographical. Back East is largely an acoustic trio record ripe with thematically appropriate tunes (John Coltrane's India and the standard East of the Sun, West of the Moon) and guest appearances by jazz brethren, including famed New York sax giant Joe Lovano.

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