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Joshua Redman at Montreal Jazz Festival (All About Jazz)

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  • July. 08, 2009
    Joshua Redman at Montreal Jazz Festival (All About Jazz)

    Joshua Redman has performed two of three shows at the Monteral Jazz Festival, both at Gesú Centre de Créativité with a third to come at Place des Arts. On July 4, he performed with a new quartet featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. All About Jazz editor John Kelman asserts that "if its 80-minute set was any indication of how this group is going to sound with a few more dates under its collective belt, then this may well be one of the most exciting new acoustic jazz groups to emerge in recent years."

     

    Redman "played with an uncharacteristically fierce and visceral power on both tenor and soprano, encouraging screams of approval and applause by the audience from the get-go," Kelman reports. And "even when the material’s often detailed thematic constructs opened up into more open-ended improvisational features for everyone in the group, there was a remarkable focus that avoided excess and, instead, gave the entire performance the feeling of a directed form of free play."

     

    Kelman concludes: "When the set ended, and it seemed to go by in a flash, Redman and his quartet received the strongest applause and ovation of any act seen yet this year."

     

    The following night, for Redman's second Montreal Jazz Festival performance, he joined Joe Lovano, Sam Yahel, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson to perform music from Lovano's Tenor Legacy and Redman's 2007 Nonesuch album Back East. It amounted to what "a cooking 80-minute set," Kelman says, in which "Redman and Lovano commanded the set with an ability to push each other to greater heights ..."

     

    Read the reviews from both nights at allaboutjazz.com.

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on July 08, 2009

Joshua Redman has performed two of three shows at the Monteral Jazz Festival, both at Gesú Centre de Créativité with a third to come at Place des Arts. On July 4, he performed with a new quartet featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. All About Jazz editor John Kelman asserts that "if its 80-minute set was any indication of how this group is going to sound with a few more dates under its collective belt, then this may well be one of the most exciting new acoustic jazz groups to emerge in recent years."

 

Redman "played with an uncharacteristically fierce and visceral power on both tenor and soprano, encouraging screams of approval and applause by the audience from the get-go," Kelman reports. And "even when the material’s often detailed thematic constructs opened up into more open-ended improvisational features for everyone in the group, there was a remarkable focus that avoided excess and, instead, gave the entire performance the feeling of a directed form of free play."

 

Kelman concludes: "When the set ended, and it seemed to go by in a flash, Redman and his quartet received the strongest applause and ovation of any act seen yet this year."

 

The following night, for Redman's second Montreal Jazz Festival performance, he joined Joe Lovano, Sam Yahel, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson to perform music from Lovano's Tenor Legacy and Redman's 2007 Nonesuch album Back East. It amounted to what "a cooking 80-minute set," Kelman says, in which "Redman and Lovano commanded the set with an ability to push each other to greater heights ..."

 

Read the reviews from both nights at allaboutjazz.com.

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