Monday, February 22, 2010

Joshua Redman: Back East

Talk about tone, man...this record oozes it. I enjoy Redman's music whenever I encounter it but I have never really dug deep...since acquiring several of his records recently I plan on remedying that. Back East is the first I've checked out at length...From All About Jazz:
...A series of songs—original and otherwise—reflect an interest in Eastern harmonies and rhythms, with a fresh look at two tunes from seminal influence Sonny Rollins' Way Out West (Contemporary/OJC, 1957) and a couple of standards are thrown in for good measure. The result is an album that could be polarized—especially considering Redman employs three different rhythm sections for this largely trio-based outing—but surprisingly, is not.... 
I don't want to give away too much more before you have a listen...Suffice to say, the take of Coltrane's India is a standout...

Joshua Redman: Back East
also, grab a download of this NPR interview and profile from when the record first came out in 2007