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Joshua Redman: Back East

Start with the obvious play on titles between Sonny Rollins’ 1957 classic Way Out West and saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Back East, and the way each name signals its leader’s change of venue and musical inspiration. Replicate a couple of tunes-in ’57 Rollins played “I’m an Old Cowhand” and “Wagon Wheels,” and 50 years later so does Redman. Then note that like Rollins’ iconic explorations of the piano-less trio, Redman offers his own spin on the concept and what emerges, with guest stints from tenor Joe Lovano and Redman’s late father Dewey, is a masterful moment in an already impressive career.

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