Sat March 28, 2009
An Interview with Joshua Redman
Saxophonist explores the frontiers of Jazz.
By Chris Cooke
Omaha,Nebraska – Last Call presents an interview with noted saxophonist Joshua Redman. The saxophonist's latest effort, Compass, explores the frontiers of jazz with a novel configuration of musicians.
For this 2009 date with saxophonist Redman, the bandleader is joined by bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson. This is an atypical configuration of musicians and has not been attempted since late 1960s/early 1970s recordings such as Les McCann's Invitation to Openness.
Redman's multi drum/bass Compass features a suite of tunes that voyages through late night territory marked by signposts such as "Insomnomaniac", "Moonlight", and "Ghost". Their appeal is hard to resist if you are a fan of progressive jazz.
The son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua has been a constant presence on the international jazz scene since the 1990s, recording and performing worldwide. Last summer he performed at the prestigious Iowa City Jazz Festival. Last Call host Chris Cooke recently interviewed Joshua Redman over the phone, and he discussed in detail his music and influences and the new record. Listen to that interview by clicking on the audio link above. Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen.
Chris Cooke is the host of Last Call on KIOS-FM.