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by Maurice Hogue
Pianist Barney McCall was a member of the Dewey Redman Quartet several years ago and he happened to record one of their gigs in jny: Chicago. He didn't expect the audio quality would be much good so he forgot about it. Recently thought he gave it a listen, did some serious tweaking to the sound, et voila!some never-heard-before Dewey. That's the feature this week. Sampled also are new releases from Buenos Aires drummer Andrés Elstein, the Dutch quartet Bugpowder digging ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Dewey Redman, who died September 2, 2006 at the age of 75, will be best remembered for his work with Ornette Coleman from 1967-1974 and Keith Jarrett's American" quartet in the mid-1970s, with an overall reputation leaning towards the freer side of jazz expression. The Struggle Continues, recorded in 1982, is making its first appearance on CD and is quite welcome. The overall style is on the straight-ahead side, but rather than merely play changes using the ...read more
by John Kelman
While he'll likely be remembered more as an avant-garde/free player, Dewey Redman was equally at home with a jazz waltz or a soulful blues as he was more experimental fare. The late tenor saxophonist made this crystal clear on 1982's The Struggle Continues, but it's never been available on CD until now. It's an album that proves you can't deny your roots, even as Redman takes many of them and gives them the slightest of twists.
by Peter Madsen
There's a story about a saxophonist being approached by an excited fan after a concert to get his autograph. The fan asks him to sign a CD he says he had just bought of his. Happy to oblige he takes the CD, looks, and with mixed emotions sees that it's a CD recorded by his son, Joshua Redman. Of course this is a story about the brilliant and often under-appreciated saxophonist Dewey Redman. This is a telling tale of the ...read more
by Budd Kopman
If the quality of the playing and arranging by the students of the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) on this release is any indication of the jazz program in general, then jazz is going to be all right. Much has been made recently about the Berklee phenomenon" where that school's graduates emerge as technicians with nothing to say. However, director Steve Haines has honed this ensemble into one lean, mean machine. The sectional work is impressively coherent, the rhythm section ...read more
by R.J. DeLuke
Dewey Redman has been on the scene for a long time, adding his musicianship to diverse musical settings with a long list of great jazz artists, and pursing his own challenging projects. It seems that each path he has taken, he has done so in a manner that speaks to who he is: straightforward and genuine.
Whether it's stomping out blues or bop, playing free with Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, spicing up the work of Pat Metheny ...read more