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Joshua Redman Elastic Band: "Momentum"

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  • July. 03, 2005
    Joshua Redman Elastic Band: "Momentum"

    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. comfortably take on tunes as disparate as Led Zeppelin's "The Crunge" (with bass provided by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea) and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," which is beautifully reimagined as a jittery, percussive drum 'n' bass landscape of gurgling synths, bubbling vibes (by special guest Stefon Harris) and dubby bursts of sax. The slow-flowing "Riverwide," a Sheryl Crow tune, is a bluesy ramble that weaves the piercing guitar of Tortoise's Jeff Parker into the space between Redman's sax and Yahel's Rhodes piano. "Momentum" fuses jazz with other genres in a way that isn't simple or condescending, and that's actually a pretty rare feat.

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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. comfortably take on tunes as disparate as Led Zeppelin's "The Crunge" (with bass provided by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea) and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," which is beautifully reimagined as a jittery, percussive drum 'n' bass landscape of gurgling synths, bubbling vibes (by special guest Stefon Harris) and dubby bursts of sax. The slow-flowing "Riverwide," a Sheryl Crow tune, is a bluesy ramble that weaves the piercing guitar of Tortoise's Jeff Parker into the space between Redman's sax and Yahel's Rhodes piano. "Momentum" fuses jazz with other genres in a way that isn't simple or condescending, and that's actually a pretty rare feat.

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