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Redman "Superb" at Melbourne Jazz Fest (The Age)

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  • May. 02, 2009
    Redman "Superb" at Melbourne Jazz Fest (The Age)

    Joshua Redman gave a master class followed by a performance at the Recital Centre in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The master class began with "an earnest discussion on the importance of listening," while the "superb" concert, featuring music from his latest two albums, Compass and Back East, "with brilliant clarity — demonstrated the art of listening in action," reports The Age's Jessica Nicholas.

     

    "Unpredictable time-feels were also a key feature of Redman's set," says Nicholas, "adding an element of surprise to familiar tunes ('Surrey with the Fringe on Top,' 'East of the Sun'). Redman's own compositions, too, made frequent use of odd metres, with Greg Hutchinson's inventive drumming creating a slyly elusive pulse. But the rhythmic complexity was never allowed to hinder the music's spirit. On the contrary, Redman and his colleagues exuded a powerfully positive vibe that spilled across the stage into the auditorium. Redman's warm sound (on tenor and soprano saxophone) was matched by a physicality that enveloped his whole body. In his riveting solos, he often stood side-on to face Hutchinson, who responded with streams of spontaneous commentary."

     

    Read the complete concert review at theage.com/au.

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Joshua Redman gave a master class followed by a performance at the Recital Centre in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The master class began with "an earnest discussion on the importance of listening," while the "superb" concert, featuring music from his latest two albums, Compass and Back East, "with brilliant clarity — demonstrated the art of listening in action," reports The Age's Jessica Nicholas.

 

"Unpredictable time-feels were also a key feature of Redman's set," says Nicholas, "adding an element of surprise to familiar tunes ('Surrey with the Fringe on Top,' 'East of the Sun'). Redman's own compositions, too, made frequent use of odd metres, with Greg Hutchinson's inventive drumming creating a slyly elusive pulse. But the rhythmic complexity was never allowed to hinder the music's spirit. On the contrary, Redman and his colleagues exuded a powerfully positive vibe that spilled across the stage into the auditorium. Redman's warm sound (on tenor and soprano saxophone) was matched by a physicality that enveloped his whole body. In his riveting solos, he often stood side-on to face Hutchinson, who responded with streams of spontaneous commentary."

 

Read the complete concert review at theage.com/au.

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