Joshua Redman: Beyond
Although it is probably Redman's finest album to date, Beyond still doesn't rise to the level of true greatness in the field of composition. It would be hard for even a genius to measure up to the industry hype that has surrounded Redman for nearly a decade. But this makes it even more essential that critics evaluate Redman's work just as they would that of any other brilliant and hard-working, yet far more obscure, figure on the scene. This is not to take anything away from Redman, but rather to keep matters in their proper perspective. We might see Redman's face on far more magazine covers, but is his writing better than, say, Reid Anderson's or Patrick Zimmerli's? Redman himself would likely be the first to say no.
Record Label: Warner Bros.