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Take Five With Carlos Redman

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Nicholas Payton, Into the Blue (Blue Note)
; Russell Gunn, Gunn Fu (HighNote).

Desert Island picks:

Freddie Hubbard, First Light (CTI Records);
John Coltrane, Giant Steps (Atlantic);

Joshua Redman, Freedom In the Groove (Warner Bros.);

Nicholas Payton, Dear Louis (Verve);

Donald Byrd, Places and Spaces (Blue Note).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Jazz is strong, but like the industry itself, it is re-inventing the approach to marketing to new listeners.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Change the connotation of "Contemporary" into a positive thing...

Welcome change...


What is in the near future? Right I'm promoting my two releases, Love Letters and Remix. While I'm doing that, I'll be finishing up my classical-influenced album, The Chocolates Suite and an R&B album called Chemistry for late 2009.

By Day:

By day I am writing great music, shedding, and giving the occasional clinic or lesson. By night, jamming...

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: An Attorney... Because I still get to be suave in my suit and still talk big sh*t...


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