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Joshua Redman: Beyond

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With all the extracurricular glamour that surrounds Joshua Redman, sometimes it’s hard to focus on Redman the jazz musician, rather than Redman the ubiquitous, fashion-conscious celebrity. Redman’s latest album, Beyond, doesn’t depart sonically from his previous works, its compositional zeal suggests he’s indeed on his way to living up to all the hype.

While Redman’s instrumental formidability has been long established, his compositional ingenuity has always seemed to lag behind. He’s a melodious player capable of filling the most vapid material with heartfelt emotion. Like the rest of his post-Motown bop affiliates, he has an affinity for pop music and creates a synthesis best described as populist bop.

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