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Live Review: 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

“Reunion” was the watchword for the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, which welcomed back five of its former artists-in-residence for the occasion. But one unwelcome reunion threatened the fest’s culminating performance on Labor Day, as storm clouds once again gathered prior to Stanley Clarke’s final set—as they had in both 2014 and 2017, when the … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival”

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Joshua Redman/Still Dreaming: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)

When Joshua Redman formed Still Dreaming a couple of years ago, the group’s name and instrumentation—Redman on saxophone, Ron Miles on trumpet, Scott Colley on bass, Brian Blade on drums, no chordal instruments—were clearly meant as a reference to his late father Dewey Redman’s Old and New Dreams, which was itself a kind of continuation … Read More “Joshua Redman/Still Dreaming: Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)”

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

When the Bad Plus made its major-label debut in 2003, it was possible to accept it as a paradigm shift in piano-trio language. TBP has seen plenty of copycats since, but in the end its graces were too singular, its confluences too rare, to be ingested as a touchstone. Because of this distinctiveness, the band’s … Read More “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman”

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Joshua Redman: Trios Live

Not surprisingly, Sonny Rollins is an immediate presence on tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Trios Live. The album opens with “Mack the Knife,” which Rollins memorably performed (as “Moritat”) on his signature 1956 recording, Saxophone Colossus. Then there’s the enormous sound, the aggressive, daredevil attack and, on the extended workout “Act Natural,” the obsessive rhythm. All … Read More “Joshua Redman: Trios Live”

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