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  • September. 01, 2007
    Redman Talks Backstage with DownBeat About "Back East"

    Joshua Redman spoke with DownBeat's Aaron Cohen before a performance at the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago in June. The two discussed Redman's latest album, Back East, in a "Backstage with ..." interview for the magazine, touching on such topics as why pianoless trios are so uncommon in jazz ("Because it's friggin' hard!"), the internatinoal influences on the new album, and lessons he learned from his father Dewey, who appears on the album.

     

    "I learned so much playing with him. It was inspiring, but also humbling and intimidating," Joshua Redman tells DownBeat. "All of his wisdom, soul and experience was communicated through this deep, wise and emotive sound. I learned about sound, how to play the blues. As I started to do more work as a leader and sideman, I had less opportunity to play with him. Before recording Back East, we might have played together one time in the previous five years. The funny thing is, the more I've grown as a musician and the more I feel that my own sound and identity have started to emerge, paradoxically, the more I hear my father's playing in my own. That's a good thing."

     

    Read the Q&A in the latest issue of DownBeat, on newsstands now.

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Joshua Redman spoke with DownBeat's Aaron Cohen before a performance at the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago in June. The two discussed Redman's latest album, Back East, in a "Backstage with ..." interview for the magazine, touching on such topics as why pianoless trios are so uncommon in jazz ("Because it's friggin' hard!"), the internatinoal influences on the new album, and lessons he learned from his father Dewey, who appears on the album.

 

"I learned so much playing with him. It was inspiring, but also humbling and intimidating," Joshua Redman tells DownBeat. "All of his wisdom, soul and experience was communicated through this deep, wise and emotive sound. I learned about sound, how to play the blues. As I started to do more work as a leader and sideman, I had less opportunity to play with him. Before recording Back East, we might have played together one time in the previous five years. The funny thing is, the more I've grown as a musician and the more I feel that my own sound and identity have started to emerge, paradoxically, the more I hear my father's playing in my own. That's a good thing."

 

Read the Q&A in the latest issue of DownBeat, on newsstands now.

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