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Joshua Redman "Making Some Of The Best Music Of His Career" on "Superb New Album" (NY Times)

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  • January. 21, 2009
    Joshua Redman "Making Some Of The Best Music Of His Career" on "Superb New Album" (NY Times)

    Joshua Redman and the double trio from his new album, Compass—drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson and bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers—performed the first of two nights at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Tuesday. The concerts feature music from what the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen calls "Redman's superb new album" in his concert review.

     

    "In the same way that double exposure can produce a blurred photographic image, Mr. Redman uses the Double Trio to soften his own hard-lined clarity. In the process he’s making some of the best music of his career," raves Chinen.

     

    "As on the album, Mr. Redman worked often in a straightforward trio, wringing exuberant results out of a buoyant theme like 'Far Away' (with Mr. Blade and Mr. Grenadier) or a feverish workout like 'Insomnomaniac' (with Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Rogers)," Chinen explains. "But there were also some arresting moments of overlap, when both bassists soloed in tandem or the two drummers traded shots across the stage."

     

    The review concludes: "Through it all Mr. Redman worked fast and fluid, never exhausting his options ... At almost every turn he seemed intensely focused but unpressured and completely in command."

     

    Read the complete review at nytimes.com.

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on January 21, 2009

Joshua Redman and the double trio from his new album, Compass—drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson and bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers—performed the first of two nights at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Tuesday. The concerts feature music from what the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen calls "Redman's superb new album" in his concert review.

 

"In the same way that double exposure can produce a blurred photographic image, Mr. Redman uses the Double Trio to soften his own hard-lined clarity. In the process he’s making some of the best music of his career," raves Chinen.

 

"As on the album, Mr. Redman worked often in a straightforward trio, wringing exuberant results out of a buoyant theme like 'Far Away' (with Mr. Blade and Mr. Grenadier) or a feverish workout like 'Insomnomaniac' (with Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Rogers)," Chinen explains. "But there were also some arresting moments of overlap, when both bassists soloed in tandem or the two drummers traded shots across the stage."

 

The review concludes: "Through it all Mr. Redman worked fast and fluid, never exhausting his options ... At almost every turn he seemed intensely focused but unpressured and completely in command."

 

Read the complete review at nytimes.com.

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