Joshua Redman: Passage of Time
Firing things up, Redman starts the disc off by himself with a proclomation that utilizes the tenor’s full range and expressive manner. “Before” acts as a call to worship, leading us to the upbeat swing of “Free Speech, Phase I.” Over a vamp, drummer Hutchinson develops a nice froth and foam that leads to the peaceful strains of “Free Speech, Phase II.” Four lengthier cuts then provide the meat and potatoes. “Time” clocks in at over ten minutes and the ominous ballad is very close to a musical dialogue, with both Redman and Goldberg tossing phrases back and forth at each other. “Enemies Within” provides the up tempo swing factor with Redman at his most animated, only to then cool the waters with the aptly titled vignette “After.”
Throughout Passage of Time, which in some ways functions almost like a suite, Redman’s writing and playing evolves through the use of extended forms that allow for plenty of expressive leg room. This takes the music to a new level that simply cannot be reached via your standard blowing session.
Track Listing: Before, Free Speech (Phase I), Free Speech (Phase II), Our Minuet, Bronze, Enemies Within, After
Personnel: Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Gregory Hutchinson (drums)
Record Label: Warner Bros.