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SFJazz Collective: SFJazz Collective

Joshua Redman

In the liner notes for the debut Nonesuch CD by SFJAZZ’s resident troupe, Artistic Director Joshua Redman admits he considered forming a classic repertory band like the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Jazz needs ensembles like that, but it already has several good ones. What it doesn’t have but desperately needs is an expanded combo with the funding to rehearse new compositions and new arrangements. Rehearsal time may be the rarest commodity in jazz and if an institution can finance three weeks of rehearsal for an album project, it will have provided the most valuable assistance of all.

That’s what SFJazz did for the SFJazz Collective. Redman and his bandmates-reedist Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, trombonist Josh Roseman, pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Robert Hurst, drummer Brian Blade and vibist Bobby Hutcherson-holed up in the San Francisco Jewish Community Center for much of February 2004 to rehearse Gil Goldstein’s arrangements of Ornette Coleman tunes and original compositions by the band. The octet held a residency in San Fransisco and then took the music out on a California tour. These live performances provide the content of SFJazz Collective, which features three Coleman numbers and four originals.

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