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Redman Trio Launches Four-Night Run at Blues Alley in DC

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  • October. 15, 2010
    Redman Trio Launches Four-Night Run at Blues Alley in DC

    The Joshua Redman Trio— featuring Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Reuben Rodgers on bass—kicked off a four-night residency at the Blues Alley in Washington, DC, Thursday night.

     

    "If it's pedigree you want, Joshua Redman has it," writes the Washington Post's Aaron Leitko in a review of the opening-night set. "The San Francisco-based saxophonist player is the son of another horn player, Dewey Redman, a bona-fide jazz great who performed alongside Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman. But as a performer and composer, Redman's parentage lies elsewhere. He's really a child of Sonny Rollins."

     

    Leitko explains: "Like his idol, Redman has a knack for buffing up melodies on the fly—restating, revising, and embellishing key phrases. He can take a familiar series of notes and wring it into exotic new shapes. He's a fluid and melodic soloist, too. Until Redman hits full, squelching, volume, it's hard to know which notes are rehearsed and which are the product of improvisation."

     

    While Leitko goes on to put set's original Redman tunes, from his 2009 Nonesuch album, Compass, in "Coltrane territory," he concludes that "when Redman dug into a riff, twisting it around, chewing it up, it was clear where his heart was."

     

    Read the complete review at washingtonpost.com.

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The Joshua Redman Trio— featuring Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Reuben Rodgers on bass—kicked off a four-night residency at the Blues Alley in Washington, DC, Thursday night.

 

"If it's pedigree you want, Joshua Redman has it," writes the Washington Post's Aaron Leitko in a review of the opening-night set. "The San Francisco-based saxophonist player is the son of another horn player, Dewey Redman, a bona-fide jazz great who performed alongside Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman. But as a performer and composer, Redman's parentage lies elsewhere. He's really a child of Sonny Rollins."

 

Leitko explains: "Like his idol, Redman has a knack for buffing up melodies on the fly—restating, revising, and embellishing key phrases. He can take a familiar series of notes and wring it into exotic new shapes. He's a fluid and melodic soloist, too. Until Redman hits full, squelching, volume, it's hard to know which notes are rehearsed and which are the product of improvisation."

 

While Leitko goes on to put set's original Redman tunes, from his 2009 Nonesuch album, Compass, in "Coltrane territory," he concludes that "when Redman dug into a riff, twisting it around, chewing it up, it was clear where his heart was."

 

Read the complete review at washingtonpost.com.

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