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  • April. 23, 2007
    Back East Review

    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. Recorded prior to the passing of Redman's father saxophonist Dewey Redman in 2006, the album is dedicated in his father's memory and not only features the elder Redman alongside his son, Redman even gives him a solo turn on the last cut. Interestingly, Back East finds Redman ruminating on the various notions of "East" as in back East in cities like New York and Boston or as in Eastern philosophies and religious beliefs. This leads Redman to myriad musical settings including funky swing as on "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and more raga-influenced and expansive post-bop as on the original "Zarafah". Joining Redman here are a cadre of top-notch rhythm players including bassists Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers and Christian McBride, drummers Ali Jackson, Brian Blade and Eric harland as well as saxophonist's Chris Cheek and Joe Lovano.

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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. Recorded prior to the passing of Redman's father saxophonist Dewey Redman in 2006, the album is dedicated in his father's memory and not only features the elder Redman alongside his son, Redman even gives him a solo turn on the last cut. Interestingly, Back East finds Redman ruminating on the various notions of "East" as in back East in cities like New York and Boston or as in Eastern philosophies and religious beliefs. This leads Redman to myriad musical settings including funky swing as on "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and more raga-influenced and expansive post-bop as on the original "Zarafah". Joining Redman here are a cadre of top-notch rhythm players including bassists Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers and Christian McBride, drummers Ali Jackson, Brian Blade and Eric harland as well as saxophonist's Chris Cheek and Joe Lovano.

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