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Joshua Redman Quartet's "High Art" Draws "Warm Ovations" (Chicago Tribune)

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  • November. 26, 2013
    Joshua Redman Quartet's "High Art" Draws "Warm Ovations" (Chicago Tribune)

    Joshua Redman and his Quartet—Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums—closed out a cross-country tour of the United States at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The fall tour, featuring music from Redman's latest album, Walking Shadows, and much more, included stops in Albany, Boston, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Urbana, and Chicago. The Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich, reviewing Friday night's show at the Symphony Center, says Redman makes music that is both "high art" and a joy for the crowd.

     

    "Can contemporary jazz improvisation be both challenging and accessible? Smart and attractive? Ultra-sophisticated and thoroughly comprehensible?" asks Reich. "The answers were decidedly affirmative on Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, where tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman played a deeply satisfying set that never pandered to popular tastes yet drew warm ovations nonetheless."

     

    Reich goes on to say: "Leading his taut quartet in mostly original work, Redman reaffirmed several facets of his art: the translucence of his tone, the intricacies of his phrase-making and the appealing idiosyncrasies of his compositional style. Yet no matter how complex the music-making became, Redman projected it with dramatic force, bringing rhetorical flourish to even the most rarefied ideas, no small feat."

     

    The review describes as the concert's "dramatic high point" its closing number, "Redman's 'I'll Go Mine,' a tour de force of impetuous rhythm and cascading climaxes. Even here, however, Redman's biggest gestures never became bombastic. This piece, and the rest of the set, were all about substance rather than flash, a sure indication of the respect the saxophonist showed his audience."

     

    There's much more in the complete concert review, which you can read at chicagotribune.com.

     

    Joshua Redman next performs at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver as the special guest of Umphrey's McGee. He joins the Quartet for the next leg of their tour starting in February. For details and tickets, head to the tour page.

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Joshua Redman and his Quartet—Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums—closed out a cross-country tour of the United States at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The fall tour, featuring music from Redman's latest album, Walking Shadows, and much more, included stops in Albany, Boston, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Urbana, and Chicago. The Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich, reviewing Friday night's show at the Symphony Center, says Redman makes music that is both "high art" and a joy for the crowd.

 

"Can contemporary jazz improvisation be both challenging and accessible? Smart and attractive? Ultra-sophisticated and thoroughly comprehensible?" asks Reich. "The answers were decidedly affirmative on Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, where tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman played a deeply satisfying set that never pandered to popular tastes yet drew warm ovations nonetheless."

 

Reich goes on to say: "Leading his taut quartet in mostly original work, Redman reaffirmed several facets of his art: the translucence of his tone, the intricacies of his phrase-making and the appealing idiosyncrasies of his compositional style. Yet no matter how complex the music-making became, Redman projected it with dramatic force, bringing rhetorical flourish to even the most rarefied ideas, no small feat."

 

The review describes as the concert's "dramatic high point" its closing number, "Redman's 'I'll Go Mine,' a tour de force of impetuous rhythm and cascading climaxes. Even here, however, Redman's biggest gestures never became bombastic. This piece, and the rest of the set, were all about substance rather than flash, a sure indication of the respect the saxophonist showed his audience."

 

There's much more in the complete concert review, which you can read at chicagotribune.com.

 

Joshua Redman next performs at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver as the special guest of Umphrey's McGee. He joins the Quartet for the next leg of their tour starting in February. For details and tickets, head to the tour page.

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