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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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Playing the Diplomatic Changes

on May 27, 2005

By Ben Ratliff
The New York Times

The saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most visible jazz musicians of the last 15 years, which says something not just about his natural flow as an improviser and his command as a bandleader, but also about his willingness to use words. The chance to represent jazz to the outside world involves a certain amount of rhetoric, and Mr. Redman has risen to that challenge in a friendly, nearly guileless way.

Since at least 1996, when he released "Freedom in the Groove," Mr.



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