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SFJAZZ Collective: 10–10th Anniversary: Best of-Live at the SFJAZZ Center

The founding template for the SFJAZZ Collective, devised by saxophonist Joshua Redman and executive artistic director Randall Kline in 2004, was a stroke of genius. Recruit a stellar octet of musician-composers and underwrite a residency, tour and recording each year that has each member both freshening the catalog of a post-1960 icon and contributing an original song. Over the past decade, this concept has yielded 75 new arrangements of songs by figures ranging from Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter to Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea and Stevie Wonder-and 71 original works from 24 past and present members of the octet.

For its 10th anniversary, SFJAZZ decided to depart from its formula and draw from that legacy instead of generating more material for its annual bevy of concerts. The organization pared four nights of performances at the SFJAZZ Center in October 2013 down to 10 tracks. The only misstep in dubbing this collection a Best of is that the stylistic breadth of excellence is too wide and the quality control too consistent over the decade to credibly make such a claim.

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