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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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Joshua Redman Elastic Band: "Momentum"

on July 03, 2005

By Shane Harrison
Chattanooga Times

The second album from this electric ensemble led by young saxophone adventurer Joshua Redman is funky, playful and bursting at the seams with creativity. It's not pure jazz, since it touches on rock, funk and pop, but it's accessible without sacrificing intelligence and improvisational invention.

Redman's primary Elastic Band collaborator is keyboardist Sam Yahel, and his soaring, searing organ, synthesizer and electric piano work is almost as prevalent as Redman's reeds. Redman and Co.

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Joshua Redman Elastic Band: Momentum

on July 01, 2005

By John Kelman
All About Jazz

While some many pine for the glory days of the '50s when jazz was more "pure," the reality is that, artistically speaking at least, the present is a great time for jazz. A more cosmopolitan affair than ever before, jazz has seen younger artists grow up with exposure to so many styles of music- inside and outside of the jazz tradition- that there's a steady osmosis allowing for the kind of cross-genre infiltration that makes for all manner of new and exciting music.

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