Joshua Redman: Music is Paramount
Bobby Hutcherson, Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Robert Hurst and Brian Blade are the other collective members.
As far as his own projects, Redman said he is still involved with the Elastic Band that began in 2002 and produced a well-regarded CD ( Elastic ). "It's a little bit more of a groove-based project than some of the things I've done before. It uses electric, as well as acoustic instruments." The group finished a new recording in February, but in the interim the label, Warner Brothers, was sold and eliminated its jazz department, said Redman.
"It wasn't clear where I was going to go and what was going to happen. Because of that, even though the record was done, it didn't get released. Now it looks like I'm going to remain on Warner Brothers. I'm going to be on a label called Nonesuch, which is a subsidiary. They're going to release the record, hopefully, in the spring of next year. Then I'll start touring again heavily with that band."
So Redman rolls with the punches and comes out fine. He says: "Certainly, it's important to have an awareness of the business of music. But the central thing has to be your passion for music and the love of music. And I think that's why most people would want to be musicians."
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