Dewey Redman: Thren
Dewey Redman (tenor sax)
The Struggle Continues (ECM B0009934-02)
Charles Eubanks (piano), Mark Helias (basses), Ed Blackwell (drums).
Recorded: January, 1982
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
I fell in love with Dewey Redman's big, open sound after hearing his work on Pat Metheny's 80/81. Going back in musical time, I then discovered the Ornette connection. This track, from the recent first-time-on-CD release of The Struggle Continues, finds Redman wielding that expressive sound while being supported beautifully by the uber-swinging bass of Mark Helias and the always nuanced drumming of Ed Blackwell. Redman's history is very apparent here, with the sideways departures of melody and that bluesy sound echoing all the way back to his Ornette years.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski