Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
162

Freddie Redd Quartet: The Music from The Connection

By

Sign in to view read count Views
Freddie Redd Quartet: The Music from The Connection Curtis Mayfield is often remembered for penning the popular theme "Freddie's Dead." The irony of this title echoes sentiments of out-of-the-loop jazzers who thought iconic Blue Note pianist Freddie Redd made the passage. Redd, the lyrical comrade of Horace Silver and disciple of Bud Powell, is still very much alive and well, performing more regularly in Los Angeles.

The Music from The Connection reflects the turmoil, redemption, and salvation of its characters. The Connection was actually a 1959 play, and the members of the band—Redd, Jackie McLean (alto saxophone), Michael Mattos (bass), and Larry Ritchie (drums)—were cast in it as themselves. Redd astutely suggested that band members play themselves so as to increase their notoriety and recognition.

This disc is valuable not only for its significance as the original score to its namesake play, but also for Redd's ability to musically capture a turbulent social climate. The sensibility and musical articulation are outstanding. And once again, Redd demonstrates his own voice along with giants he's influenced and vice versa. One of the most talented pianists of the hard bop era, Redd is still very much alive and his music always will be.


Track Listing: Who Killed Cock Robin?; Wigglin'; Music Forever; Time to Smile; Sister Salvation/Jim Dunn's Dilemma; O.D.

Personnel: Freddie Redd: piano; Jackie McLean: alto saxophone; Michael Mattos: bass; Larry Ritchie: drums.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
Profiles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
With Due Respect
With Due Respect
SteepleChase Records
2016
buy
[no cover]
Shades Of Redd
Black Lion
2008
buy
The Music from The Connection
The Music from The...
Blue Note Records
2005
buy
Redd's Blues
Redd's Blues
Blue Note Records
2003
buy
[no cover]
Live At The Studio...
Black Lion
1990
buy
[no cover]
Extemporaneous
Black Lion
1978
buy
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Dave Brubeck Dave Brubeck
piano
Paul Chambers Paul Chambers
bass, acoustic
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin
sax, tenor
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.