JOSHUA REDMAN

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Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969) is a prominent American jazz saxophonist who records for Nonesuch Records.

Redman, who is Black and Jewish, was born in Berkeley, California. He is the son of jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman. He is a graduate of Berkeley High School. Then in 1991 he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Redman won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition the same year and began focusing on his musical career. Redman continued to develop his style through the 1990s, beginning with a sideman appearance on his father's 1992 record Choices. On his sophomore effort as a leader, Wish, he was joined by a notable lineup consisting of guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Billy Higgins. He continued to work with various quartets until forming a new trio, Elastic, with keyboardist Sam Yahel and
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Still Dreaming (feat. Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade)Still Dreaming (feat. Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade)
Nonesuch 2018
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Warner Bros. 2000
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Warner Bros. 2002
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Nonesuch 2013
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JOSHUA REDMAN Joshua Redman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joshua Redman
Post Bop 1993
JOSHUA REDMAN Wish album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wish
Post Bop 1993
JOSHUA REDMAN Mood Swing album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mood Swing
Post Bop 1994
JOSHUA REDMAN Freedom in the Groove album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Freedom in the Groove
Post Bop 1996
JOSHUA REDMAN Timeless Tales (For Changing Times) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Timeless Tales (For Changing Times)
Post Bop 1998
JOSHUA REDMAN Beyond album cover 4.45 | 3 ratings
Beyond
Post Bop 2000
JOSHUA REDMAN Passage Of Time album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Passage Of Time
Post Bop 2001
JOSHUA REDMAN Elastic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elastic
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
JOSHUA REDMAN Yaya3 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Yaya3
Post Bop 2002
JOSHUA REDMAN Momentum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum
Fusion 2005
JOSHUA REDMAN Back East album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Back East
Post Bop 2007
JOSHUA REDMAN Compass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compass
Post Bop 2009
JOSHUA REDMAN Walking Shadows album cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Walking Shadows
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
JOSHUA REDMAN Still Dreaming album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Still Dreaming
Post Bop 2018
JOSHUA REDMAN Come What May album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Come What May
Post Bop 2019
JOSHUA REDMAN Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider : Sun on Sand album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider : Sun on Sand
Third Stream 2019

JOSHUA REDMAN EPs & splits

JOSHUA REDMAN Introducing Joshua Redman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Joshua Redman
Fusion 1993

JOSHUA REDMAN live albums

JOSHUA REDMAN Spirit Of The Moment (Live At The Village Vanguard) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Of The Moment (Live At The Village Vanguard)
Post Bop 1995
JOSHUA REDMAN Blues For Pat - Live In San Francisco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues For Pat - Live In San Francisco
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1995
JOSHUA REDMAN Captured Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Captured Live!
Post Bop 2000
JOSHUA REDMAN Trios Live album cover 3.98 | 3 ratings
Trios Live
Post Bop 2014
JOSHUA REDMAN Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau : Nearness album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau : Nearness
Post Bop 2015

JOSHUA REDMAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JOSHUA REDMAN Introducing Joshua Redman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Joshua Redman
Post Bop 1993

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Love For Sale: Live In Tokyo
Post Bop 2013

JOSHUA REDMAN Reviews

JOSHUA REDMAN Trios Live

Live album · 2014 · Post Bop
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When it comes to inspired performances captured with a natural unfiltered sound, Joshua Redman’s “Trios Live” is one of the better CDs to come out so far in 2014. This is about as non-pretentious as music can get, three guys improvising on tunes live with no phony compression or added reverb to kill the energy. Although this CD sounds like one gig, its actually two combined together, with tracks 1 and 5-7 recorded in 2009 at NY’s Jazz Standard and tracks 2-4 recorded in 2013 at DC’s Blues Alley. Matt Penman man’s the bass on the Jazz Standard cuts and Reuben Rogers on the others. The high energy Gregory Hutchinson handles the drums at both shows. As is usual with Redman, there is a nice diversity to this set which ranges from Louie Armstrong to Led Zeppelin, plus a couple of standards and three originals, but everything is played as if they were all Redman originals. Joshua’s approach to improvising does not treat his rhythm section as mere backdrops, but instead most of these jams work more as three way conversations with Redman always open to letting his sidemen lead the way. This conversational approach also affects the nature of the improvisations in that things don’t always follow a typical arch design of building, then waning intensity, instead Redman and his group feel free to wander in more unpredictable patterns.

Most of the tunes feature Redman on tenor, although there are two that feature soprano, but generally Redman sounds a bit stronger on the tenor. Joshua’s style on here is rooted in post bop that veers in and out of freer moments, somewhat along the lines of early 60's Coltrane or Ornette. Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins are also good references, but Redman’s eclecticism puts him right in the sound of today. Both bassists are great, but Gregory Hutchinson’s ambitious drumming almost makes him a co-star alongside Redman. Gregory’s sound is rooted in aggressive semi-free drummers like DeJohnette and Tony Williams, but with a bit of modern rock/fusion slam bang thrown in. He really seems to take to the cover of Led Zep’s “The Ocean”.

Every song on here is excellent, with the cover of “Mack the Knife” taking top honors. Who knew you get so much out of that well worn old tune. If there is one problem with this CD, it’s the volume of the drums. This is a live CD and the raw unfiltered sound is a real treat in this age of overly compressed digital dreariness, and the drums sound very real which is great, but it sounds like they are mixed a bit higher than the sax, but given Joshua and Gregory’s constant interplay, its not a big problem

JOSHUA REDMAN Walking Shadows

Album · 2013 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Josh Redman’s music has become eclectic enough over the years that I really don’t know what to expect when I pick up one of his CDs. Listening to “Walking Shadows’ for the first time I noticed the saxophone-with-strings sound and figured this was Redman’s ‘easy listening’ album and didn’t think much of it more than that. Although ‘Shadows’ could pass as an easy listening album, I’m glad I gave this album some more listens because it is so much more than mere pleasant background music. In many ways ‘Shadows’ recalls efforts from the 50s to 70s when artists such as Don Sebesky and Gil Evans would combine relaxed jazz with ambitious 3rd stream scores that were presented in an exotic easy listening environment. Les Baxter and Don Ellis also created music along these lines, and you could also include many works by the Ellington-Strayhorn team. In fact, its no big surprise that ’Shadows’ contains an excellent modernized and moody arrangement of Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”.

The music on here is a mix of modern pop tunes, some originals, a couple standards and even a number by JS Bach. Despite the disparate background of the tunes, almost everything on here flows together and is well blended through the creative arrangements. The strings are actually on only half of the tracks, but their comings and goings are so subtle that you don’t notice a huge difference between tracks with or without the orchestra. The rest of the band is made up of Brad Mehldau on piano and vibes, Larry Grenadier on acoustic bass and Brian Blade on drums. Having Brad on board is a nice touch as this sort of high brow dreamy art pop is right down his alley. He not only provides his unique piano fills, but also some arrangements and an original piece too.

Top tune honors goes to an excellent arrangement of Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes”, followed closely by “Lush Life” and “Easy Living”. All of the original tunes are good, with Mehldau’s modern “Last Glimpse of Gotham” sounding like a good fit for a current concert hall program. The only clunker on here is the Beatles wore out “Let it Be”. The simple plaintive melody is no match for the sophistication of the other tunes, and although Redman does his best to change up the melody and make it fit, it still sticks out like a sore thumb. There are a couple of other tracks that aren’t quite up to the quality of this CD’s best numbers.

Redman came very close to creating a classic here, with a little editing, a slightly shorter but better album exists within “Walking Shadows”. On another note, the cover photography is very clever and it fits the music exactly.

JOSHUA REDMAN Beyond

Album · 2000 · Post Bop
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He could have been lawyer, would have made a lot more money as well but even though Joshua had graduated from Harvard and had been accepted into Yale things did not head in that direction because being the son of "Dewey Redman" music was in his veins. When he was around ten years old after a brief stint on clarinet he then took up Tenor Saxophone and has marvelled us all since with his talent. Joshua gets his influence from the greats ,"John Coltrane","Ornette Coleman","Cannonball Adderley" and of course his dad Dewey but he also has a rock,soul and funk side with a love for 'Aretha Franklin"',"Prince", "Beatles" and "Police" just to name a few. In 1991 after moving to New York he won the "Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition" and has not stopped working since. This is the second Quartet that "Joshua Redman" has formed and the band who particapted with him on this album is their first together,which is titled "Beyond". "Aaron Golberg" is on piano with that super touch that he has and what a joy to hear him play and of course he has chops after all he did play with "Freddie Hubbard" early in his career. "Reuben Rogers" is on bass and another one who has played with so many of the current players in jazz today but one of his standouts would have to be "Jackie McLean". They both have worked on over 60 albums to date with each other and alone.The drummer in the band is "Gregory Hutchinson" and the jazz giants that he has played with in the past are "Oscar Peterson with Benny Green" and "Joe Henderson". All of the band are fairly young and all with a contempary approach to the Jazz they play with a consumate skill throughout.

We start the album with "Courage (Asymetric Aria)" and bass with drums is the undercurrent with Joshua's tenor sax just floating over but things build and the composition keeps picking up and when Aaron gets his turn he is really moving along with great touch throughout."Belonging (Lopsided Lullaby)" with the title being a good description for the tune and again the muscians play superb throughout with some beautiful drums by Gregory with Joshua and Aaron inserting some great solos in a call and response form giving the composition a great build up. On track five "Balance" is Aaron coming in for the first solo on piano in this down tempo composition he has superb technique and with the tune being nine minutes in length he really gets to stretch out with some great touch. Joshua when his turn comes next builds throughout with a beautiful result."Twilight...And Beyond" which follows is a ballad and again nine minutes giving time for both Aaron and Joshua to really stretch out again with some fine low key but interesting solos. Reuben when he solos on bass the poor chap somebody is yelling "Boring" towards the end but that is not the case and after Joshua is back with some more great tenor. Back to a quicker time for "Stoic Revolutions" with Joshua first. The album has a nice mix for the compositions and one other interesting one is "Last Rites of Rock 'N' Roll" with one great low opening sax by Joshua where he also inserts high points and the Ornette Coleman influence is there with that intro but things get back to a great bop number which swings along with a great theme throughout.

Interesting and challenging music and what was yelled to Reuben is the opposite from boring as that call was only someone in the band joking with him. Great contemapray jazz and I will add the album was even better Live when I caught the band just before its release with some wonderful play from all the muscians and a real rip roaring night was had by all.

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