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Redman returns to his roots on 'Back East'

on April 27, 2007

By Siddhartha Mitter
The Boston Globe

In the early 1990s, when major record labels revived their flagging interest in jazz, the self-serving logic of industry hype dictated that the new artists in whom they invested be anointed saviors of the genre. Tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman was 24 when he released his two first albums on Warner Brothers in 1993, yet was celebrated as a near second coming of John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins. His career since then has been quiet only relative to the brouhaha made about him at the outset.

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Back East Review

on April 23, 2007

By Matt Collar
allmusic.com

Back East showcases saxophonist Joshua Redman as he leads a few different trios through a cerebral and muscular set of originals and standards. Redman has long evinced the influences of such similarly inclined legends like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane and Back East is no exception. Which isn't to say its business as usual. Admittedly, while this is a straight-ahead acoustic jazz date, it is one ripe with creative energy that finds Redman's knack for deeply thoughtful improvisation and unexpected rhythmic interplay in full flower.

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Disc Review: Joshua Redman, Back East

on April 20, 2007

By Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News

What a great disc this is. To say that it's one of the jazz discs of this year, already, is almost pitifully mild. It presents, in fact, a remarkable 38-year-old jazz saxophonist in full bloom. Redman has been an ongoing wonderment since the tenor saxophone player (and son of Dewey Redman) emerged as a young jazz prodigy 15 years ago. This is, without question, his fulfillment as a jazz powerhouse, thus far.

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A Fine Salute From SFJAZZ

on March 24, 2006

By Mike Joyce
The Washington Post

The SFJazz Collective will never be accused of repeating itself. Since its founding in 2004, the ensemble has toured every year with a different program of original material (new pieces composed by each member of the octet) and fresh arrangements of tunes written by a jazz legend. Led by saxophonist-artistic director Joshua Redman and featuring the great vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, the group celebrated Herbie Hancock's legacy at the Music Center at Strathmore on Wednesday night.

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Critic's Choice: New CD's

on March 13, 2006

By Nate Chinen
The New York Times

Two years ago, SFJAZZ, the institution behind the San Francisco Jazz Festival, started an eight-piece house band called the SFJAZZ Collective. It was a West Coast answer to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with the tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman filling the Wynton Marsalis role. Yet the upstart ensemble set its own agenda, including original contributions as well as repertory work. Its inaugural season surveyed the music of Ornette Coleman, hardly the obvious starting point for a mainstream organization. Last year Mr.

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