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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

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Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce Lundvall Award, presented annually to a non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the ...

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Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming

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Joshua Redman has been developing and leading a quartet that features: Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Redman formed the quartet to explore its sonic possibilities and to pay homage to Old and New Dreams, a band that featured his father, Dewey Redman, on tenor saxophone. That ideal is portrayed on his latest release, Still Dreaming. The quartet presents eight tracks that are full of energetic improvisation with a cohesion of elastic risk ...

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Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness

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Brilliant musicians don't always make brilliant music when they collaborate and while that's sometimes been the case with pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman, on the duo concert recordings that make up the appropriately-titled Nearness, they live up to their elevated pedigree. And that's individual as well as shared cachet: Mehldau spent a fair amount of time, some eighteen months to be exact, as a member of Redman's groups in the early Nineties and they formally collaborated on Highway ...

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Joshua Redman: Trios Live

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Upholding the legacy of his namesake, saxophonist Joshua Redman--son of the great Dewey Redman--has continued to develop as a leader in jazz since the 1990's. He's created a name as a consummate artist through rigorous work that's involved a previous directorship of SFJAZZ, constant tours and over a dozen recordings. At times criticized for not emulating his father's passion, recordings such as his 2013 jazz-with-strings project Walking Shadows (Nonesuch) resulted in a beautiful studio release that was at times unengaging. ...

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Joshua Redman Quartet at Musical Instrument Museum

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Joshua Redman Quartet Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona April 3, 2014 Saxophonist Joshua Redman played tribute to past tenor greats, putting his personal imprint on each chart, from Wayne Shorter's “Infant Eyes" to Joe Henderson's “Tetragon" and the sax standard, “Oleo" by Sonny Rollins. Performing with the quartet he formed in 1998--pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson--Redman verified his nearly three-decade command of the tenor in boisterous exuberance and lyrical elegance. ...

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Joshua Redman: Walking Shadows

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Saxophonist Joshua Redman combines some really attractive virtues: deep jazz knowledge and formidable technique on his instrument. Combine this with a balanced but slightly assertive style that is a prime example of fluency and inventiveness, and you have a musician of such intelligence and energy, who is so adaptable, that he easily finds a way to make himself at home in any given musical surrounding. As such, Redman is perfectly suited to performing with large ensembles.The orchestrations on ...

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Joshua Redman Quartet with The Knights: New York, NY, June 4, 2013

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Joshua Redman Quartet with The KnightsThe Town HallBlue Note Jazz FestivalNew York, NY June 4, 2013 For a couple of years, it looked like the Big Apple had lost its big jazz festival mojo. New York maintained more than its fair share of jazz gatherings in 2009 and 2010, with the 92nd Street Y's straight-ahead Jazz In July, the (far) left of center Vision Fest, and the uber-popular Winter Jazzfest in play, but ...

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Joshua Redman Trio at Jazz at the Bistro, St Louis, October 7, 2010

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Joshua Redman TrioJazz at the Bistro SeriesSt Louis, MOOctober 7, 2010 St. Louis' prime jazz venue again welcomed Joshua Redman. His partners for this outing were Reuben Rogers on acoustic bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Redman has always had strong preference for the trio format, with uncommon sidemen. In the era of Back East (Nonesuch, 2007) his saxophone was supported by several outstanding bass and drum teams including: Larry Grenadier with Ali Jackson, ...

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Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Stunning Duet Session in Saratoga Springs, NY

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Joshua Redman and Brad MehldauZankel Hall at Skidmore CollegeSaratoga Springs, NYApril 16, 2010Duets are not an uncommon format in jazz, but what might be less common is the supreme level of synergy and empathy that saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau have for one another on their current mini-tour that made a stop in Saratoga Springs, NY, on April 16.

The tour runs to about the middle of May before the long-time ...

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Joshua Redman: Compass

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No jazz musician with Joshua Redman's pedigree, chops and talent wants to be tagged as “cautious" or “cerebral," but that was Redman's reputation, perhaps right up until Back East was released in 2007. That CD, a return to straight-ahead acoustic playing after a brief digression, found the saxophonist fronting a few different rhythm sections (and standing next to a couple of guests) and generated natural comparisons to Sonny Rollins' classic Way Out West. Compass simultaneously extends the ...

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The Joshua Redman Trio

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Joshua Redman TrioIndianpolis Jazz FestivalIndianapolis, IndianaSeptember 19, 2009

By the inner compass one finds one's direction, and Joshua Redman didn't fail to find his on the first night of the Indianapolis Jazz Festival at Clowes Memorial Hall. With Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Matt Penman on bass, they played a few classic covers, but also many songs from his new double-trio album, Compass (Nonesuch, 2008), another exquisite journey from the 40-year-old saxophonist.Progeny of great musicians ...


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