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Joshua Redman, Sam Yahel & Brian Blade: Get Yer Ya Ya Out

Joshua Redman
(Left to Right:) Joshua Redman, Brian Blade & Sam Yahel

Joshua Redman is slouched on a blue, padded bench in the back of his tour bus, which is parked behind the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md. His short hair is thinning on top, but his honey-toned handsomeness is still striking, especially when he dons his San Francisco Giants baseball cap. (And let’s face it: Photogenic looks have helped him and Wynton Marsalis as much as they’ve helped Diana Krall and Cassandra Wilson.)

To the saxophonist’s right is keyboardist Sam Yahel, whose three-day stubble doesn’t disguise the boyish roundness of his face. To Redman’s left is drummer Brian Blade, whose neatly trimmed Afro, black-framed glasses and quiet demeanor give him the air of a graduate student deep into a dissertation.

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