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  • April. 27, 2007
    Critic's Pick: Jazz

    The Lexington Herald Leader

    After spearheading San Francisco's SFJazz Collective in recent years, along with records of groove-oriented R&B and soul, Redman has sought a move that is stylistic and somewhat geographical. Back East is largely an acoustic trio record ripe with thematically appropriate tunes (John Coltrane's India and the standard East of the Sun, West of the Moon) and guest appearances by jazz brethren, including famed New York sax giant Joe Lovano. Once you factor in that Redman found major inspiration from tenor sax colossus Sonny Rollins' 1957 classic Way Out West, to the point of covering two of its tunes, Wagon Wheels and a nicely spacious I'm an Old Cowhand, you get a little dizzy trying to tell East from West. The playing is sublime throughout, but the gem comes at the end. The saxophonist's father, groundbreaking alto/tenor player Dewey Redman, takes over for a work of its own, GJ. The elder Redman passed away not long after these recording sessions, making Back East an elegant but unintended requiem.