Greeting’s jazz connoisseurs, it’s great to return with another intriguing palette of creative music from some of today’s most unique, adventurous and inspiring voices known and unknown artists alike in the world of jazz.
Joshua Redman -][- Beyond – [Warner Bros, 2000]
mr. redman gives us an outstanding jazz session on this album. the first three tracks (“courage,” “belonging,” and “neverend”) draw us into a solid neo-bop atmosphere. mr. redman has obviously grasped the lessons of the masters. one hears the echoes of sonny rollins, dexter gordon, and hank mobley as mr. redman weaves and dances through these songs. all the while, though, mr. redman continues to give us his own voice. he swings and sings throughout the album with high energy. the album really hits it stride on the lengthier selections in the middle (“leap of faith,” “balance” and “twilight”). here we get to hear mr. redman stretch out and never meander, never lose focus as he developes his themes with style and grace. moreover, his support really shines through. aaron goldberg is a find on piano. just dig his soloes and comping throughout, you’ll want to find more by him. also, hearing mr. redman and mark turner together is a real treat (“leap of faith”). finally, mr. redman shows his mastery of all the major saxes. his work on alto and soprano throughout are outstanding. the only gripe is that i wish he would dabble with some of the adventuresome spirit of his father, dewey redman. son joshua obviously has the ability to explore, it’d be nice to hear the results. —p dizzle | Amazon.com Continue reading