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Tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman dies at 75

Dewey Redman, the multi-dimensional tenor saxophonist who performed and recorded with Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Cecil Taylor and other iconic avant-gardists, died Saturday after suffering liver failure. He was 75.

Redman possessed a warm, round tone and a mastery of blues-inflected bebop phrasing that made him one of the less intimidating of avant-garde saxophonists-even when engaged in distinctly outside techniques: Screeching and skronking, atonal soloing and screaming or singing into his mouthpiece in order to achieve a pitch all marked Redman’s singular style. Redman’s son is ’90s-era tenor-sax phenom Joshua Redman, a postbop-based player whose recent albums have embraced neo-soul, R&B and pop-jazz.

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