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  • February. 27, 2010
    Joshua Redman turns Grace Cathedral into his living room

    Joshua Redman gave a rare solo concert at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Friday night for the SFJAZZ Spring Seasons. It was only the second time he had done so, following the time a decade ago.

     

    San Jose Mercury News music critic Richard Scheinen, in his review, promises that "people will be talking about Friday's sold-out concert for years to come."

     

    Scheinin explains: "Redman spent much of the time walking around the cathedral while playing, encircling the audience with music, giving a rich intimacy to the event, despite Grace's vast spaces. The concert was at once dramatic, almost theatrical, but also personal—and good entertainment ... With a musician as smart and curious as Redman, you expect to be surprised. Still when he switched to alto saxophone and merged Horace Silver's 'Sister Sadie' with Ornette Coleman's 'Broadway Blues' into a single song, that was really a surprise."

     

    This was the case even through the encore, "Zarafah," a song he had written for his mother, who was in the audience.

     

    "The song is bluesy and chantlike, with an Eastern vibe," says Scheinin. "The performance conveyed fortitude, intelligence and love, and, when he finished, Redman said to his contented audience, 'See you in 10 years.'"

     

    Read the complete concert review at mercurynews.com.

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on February 27, 2010

Joshua Redman gave a rare solo concert at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Friday night for the SFJAZZ Spring Seasons. It was only the second time he had done so, following the time a decade ago.

 

San Jose Mercury News music critic Richard Scheinen, in his review, promises that "people will be talking about Friday's sold-out concert for years to come."

 

Scheinin explains: "Redman spent much of the time walking around the cathedral while playing, encircling the audience with music, giving a rich intimacy to the event, despite Grace's vast spaces. The concert was at once dramatic, almost theatrical, but also personal—and good entertainment ... With a musician as smart and curious as Redman, you expect to be surprised. Still when he switched to alto saxophone and merged Horace Silver's 'Sister Sadie' with Ornette Coleman's 'Broadway Blues' into a single song, that was really a surprise."

 

This was the case even through the encore, "Zarafah," a song he had written for his mother, who was in the audience.

 

"The song is bluesy and chantlike, with an Eastern vibe," says Scheinin. "The performance conveyed fortitude, intelligence and love, and, when he finished, Redman said to his contented audience, 'See you in 10 years.'"

 

Read the complete concert review at mercurynews.com.

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