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Joshua Redman's "restless musical energy" (Montreal Gazette)

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  • July. 03, 2009
    Joshua Redman's "restless musical energy" (Montreal Gazette)

    Joshua Redman, whose latest album, Compass, features a double-trio line up of bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, recently spoke with the Montreal Gazette's Juan Rodriguez about the album and much more in advance of his upcoming performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

     

    "When it’s suggested to Joshua Redman that his latest album, Compass, may well represent a new artistic plateau for him—just the saxophonist accompanied by the rare set-up of two sets of standup-bass-and-drums," Rodriguez writes, Redman demurs, arguing against the idea of a plateau.

     

    Rodriguez goes on to writes: "The Compass ensemble’s festival appearance marks only the fifth and last time this year that Redman will play with bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson on the same stage. It’s a unique way of exploring the pianoless trio format of Back East, inspired by Sonny Rollins’s trio work in the late ’50s. While the double quartet pioneered by Ornette Coleman in Free Jazz, a double rhythm section and four horns blowing wild in stereo in 1960, is a precedent, one rarely sees a lone instrumentalist flanked by two rhythm sections walking the walk in tidal waves of percussive rumbles and nuances. For the listener, the live analog to tape recording of Compass gives headphone jazz listening a whole new meaning: the devil is in the details and delicateness of their playing. It’s a refined experience, sound sculptures straddling the line between freedom and formalism."

     

    Read the extensive interview to hear what Redman has to say at montrealgazette.com.

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Joshua Redman, whose latest album, Compass, features a double-trio line up of bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, recently spoke with the Montreal Gazette's Juan Rodriguez about the album and much more in advance of his upcoming performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

 

"When it’s suggested to Joshua Redman that his latest album, Compass, may well represent a new artistic plateau for him—just the saxophonist accompanied by the rare set-up of two sets of standup-bass-and-drums," Rodriguez writes, Redman demurs, arguing against the idea of a plateau.

 

Rodriguez goes on to writes: "The Compass ensemble’s festival appearance marks only the fifth and last time this year that Redman will play with bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson on the same stage. It’s a unique way of exploring the pianoless trio format of Back East, inspired by Sonny Rollins’s trio work in the late ’50s. While the double quartet pioneered by Ornette Coleman in Free Jazz, a double rhythm section and four horns blowing wild in stereo in 1960, is a precedent, one rarely sees a lone instrumentalist flanked by two rhythm sections walking the walk in tidal waves of percussive rumbles and nuances. For the listener, the live analog to tape recording of Compass gives headphone jazz listening a whole new meaning: the devil is in the details and delicateness of their playing. It’s a refined experience, sound sculptures straddling the line between freedom and formalism."

 

Read the extensive interview to hear what Redman has to say at montrealgazette.com.

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