Joshua Redman: St. Thomas


St. Thomas


Joshua Redman (tenor sax)


Spirit of the Moment: Live at the Village Vanguard (Warner Bros. 45923)

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Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Peter Martin (piano), Christopher Thomas (bass), Brian Blade (drums).

Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York, March 21-26, 1995


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Brian Blade, a Louisiana native born in 1970, is the foremost jazz drummer in the generation after the bebop and post-bop greats. He began his professional career in the early 1990s and quickly recorded with high-profile artists including Kenny Garrett, Brad Mehldau, Bob Dylan, and Joshua Redman. Blade then formed his own group, The Brian Blade Fellowship, and released two well-received solo records. He became Wayne Shorter’s drummer of choice in the late 1990s, and he still performs with Shorter today. This live recording displays the energy of the legendary Redman/Blade performances that propelled both into the spotlight. Note Blade’s clean, fast movement around the drum set, and his varied dynamics within his Latin-to-swing-based soloing.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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  • 1 r-graiko // Dec 13, 2007 at 04:24 AM
    Blade is my favorite modern drummer. I agree how his playing is clean, but perfectly retaining a loose soulful quality that I don't see from a lot of modern drummers. Amazing.