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Back East Review

on April 23, 2007

By Matt Collar

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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Joshua Redman Elastic Band: Momentum.

on August 01, 2005

The Absolute Sound

...Redman expands his embrace of acoustic-electric fusion and tightens his grip on the groove. Swelling organ parts, atmospheric electric piano entwined with ruminative guitars, and smartly incorporated samples, programming, and electronic treatments never overwhelm Redman's absorbing, sometimes Sonny Rollins-like exertion of melodic priorities. The evenly balanced mix boasts sharply defined highs, beefy drums and basses, warm mids, and rounded edges all while pushing the leader's tenor and soprano saxophones to fore during solos.



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