Joshua Redman Trio | City Winery | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $25, $30 for premiere, $35 for VIP
Like most high-profile jazz artists today, especially those recording for major labels, saxophonist Joshua Redman usually builds his albums around a conceit, sound, or premise. Last year he released Walking Shadows (Nonesuch), an ineffectual collection marred by gloppy strings; he has a couple records out with a modern-sounding organ combo called the Elastic Band; and for the past few years he’s been coleading the measured, emotionally cool collective James Farm, which just dropped its second album, City Folk (also on Nonesuch). I suppose in this context you could see this summer’s Trios Live as having a conceit as well—it’s a no-frills, hard-hitting live album. But these recordings put the focus squarely on Redman’s playing, and to put it bluntly, he plays the shit out of his horn; this is one of the best records of his career. Recorded in October 2009 at New York’s Jazz Standard and in February 2013 at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Trios Live features drummer Gregory Hutchinson and two different bassists: Matt Penman in New York and Reuben Rogers in D.C. Its seven extended performances capture the breadth of Redman’s talent—the altissimo range of his muscular tenor on the standard “Never Let Me Go,” his fluency with extroverted, upper-register squalls on the Redman original “Mantra #5,” and his ability to bring the funk on a deft reinvention of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.” Redman appears here with Hutchinson and Rogers. —Peter Margasak
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