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Walking Shadows Earns Five Stars from Audiophile Audition: "A CD to Relish"

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  • September. 23, 2013
    Walking Shadows Earns Five Stars from Audiophile Audition: "A CD to Relish"

    Joshua Redman's new album, Walking Shadows, which features an orchestral ensemble and was produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau, has earned five stars from Audiophile Audition. The record's core ensemble is a quartet featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade. "A CD alone with these three gentlemen would be enough to make jazz fans happy," says Audiophile Audition reviewer Jeff Krow. And yet, the album's orchestral tracks are "what makes Walking Shadows a major event."

     

    Krow explains: "For me, the orchestral tracks are the icing on the cake. They are simply stunning in their romanticism, with the strings not cloying nor saccharine, which many times are the downfall of a jazz with strings issue. In those unfortunate cases, the strings either overwhelm the jazz soloist or are so distracting in their “sweetness” that they defeat the jazz swing feel and take away the jazz soul, and render the songs lifeless. Not so here, as the presentation is first class with a polished sheen similar to that found on Charlie Haden’s Quartet West issues from the 1980s and ’90s."

     

    The review later concludes: "If there is any justice, music programmers will have a field day featuring many of the tracks on Walking Shadows throughout the rest of 2013. I see a Grammy nomination down the road. This is a CD to relish."

     

    Read the complete five-star review at audaud.com.

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on September 23, 2013

Joshua Redman's new album, Walking Shadows, which features an orchestral ensemble and was produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau, has earned five stars from Audiophile Audition. The record's core ensemble is a quartet featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade. "A CD alone with these three gentlemen would be enough to make jazz fans happy," says Audiophile Audition reviewer Jeff Krow. And yet, the album's orchestral tracks are "what makes Walking Shadows a major event."

 

Krow explains: "For me, the orchestral tracks are the icing on the cake. They are simply stunning in their romanticism, with the strings not cloying nor saccharine, which many times are the downfall of a jazz with strings issue. In those unfortunate cases, the strings either overwhelm the jazz soloist or are so distracting in their “sweetness” that they defeat the jazz swing feel and take away the jazz soul, and render the songs lifeless. Not so here, as the presentation is first class with a polished sheen similar to that found on Charlie Haden’s Quartet West issues from the 1980s and ’90s."

 

The review later concludes: "If there is any justice, music programmers will have a field day featuring many of the tracks on Walking Shadows throughout the rest of 2013. I see a Grammy nomination down the road. This is a CD to relish."

 

Read the complete five-star review at audaud.com.

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