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Joshua Redman Talks to JazzTimes About "Compass"

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  • March. 01, 2009
    Joshua Redman Talks to JazzTimes About "Compass"

    Joshua Redman spoke with JazzTimes about his new album, Compass, which features a ready-for-anything lineup—bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson—stretching the shape of the trio setting, on the most audacious of these tracks, performing with the entire lineup in a double-trio configuration.

     

    "Joshua Redman didn’t set out to make a double-trio record, but once that notion entered his head, the tenor and soprano saxophonist knew he would have to go ahead and give it a try," writes JazzTimes' Jeff Tamarkin. "The result, Compass (Nonesuch), doesn’t so much pick up where 2007’s critically lauded Back East left off as it takes the trio concept to another place altogether."

     

    Tamarkin goes on to say: "What makes the double trio tracks on Compass work, aside from the abilities and distinctive voices of the musicians themselves, is the decision by Redman (who also produced) and engineer James Farber to place one bass and drum team on the left side of the mix and the other on the right. The split keeps the jams from jumbling up and provides something of a surreal listening experience as the approaches by the two side-by-side rhythm sections shift radically and repeatedly."

     

    Read more and see what Redman has to say at jazztimes.com.

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on March 01, 2009

Joshua Redman spoke with JazzTimes about his new album, Compass, which features a ready-for-anything lineup—bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson—stretching the shape of the trio setting, on the most audacious of these tracks, performing with the entire lineup in a double-trio configuration.

 

"Joshua Redman didn’t set out to make a double-trio record, but once that notion entered his head, the tenor and soprano saxophonist knew he would have to go ahead and give it a try," writes JazzTimes' Jeff Tamarkin. "The result, Compass (Nonesuch), doesn’t so much pick up where 2007’s critically lauded Back East left off as it takes the trio concept to another place altogether."

 

Tamarkin goes on to say: "What makes the double trio tracks on Compass work, aside from the abilities and distinctive voices of the musicians themselves, is the decision by Redman (who also produced) and engineer James Farber to place one bass and drum team on the left side of the mix and the other on the right. The split keeps the jams from jumbling up and provides something of a surreal listening experience as the approaches by the two side-by-side rhythm sections shift radically and repeatedly."

 

Read more and see what Redman has to say at jazztimes.com.

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