Joshua Redman: The Times They Are A-Changin'


The Times They Are A-Changin'


Joshua Redman (alto sax)


Timeless Tales (For Changing Times)

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Joshua Redman (alto sax), Brad Mehldau (piano), Brian Blade (drums),

Larry Grenadier (bass)


Composed by Bob Dylan


Recorded: New York City, 1998


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

On his remake of Bob Dylan's anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" Joshua Redman's warm and soulful sound translates easily on the alto, especially in his characteristic wailing improvisation in the coda. The saxophonist couldn't have picked a finer pop-conscious rhythm section to support him on this diverse set of covers. Mehldau and Grenadier have gone on to explore the intersection of pop and jazz quite thoroughly in the last decade, and Blade has recorded with a wide array of artists including crossover star Norah Jones, the iconoclastic Joni Mitchell, and Dylan himself. Arguably the best drummer of his generation, Blade brings an unmatched energy and enthusiasm to the table with his buoyant grooves, supple support, and conversational style. Listen for the quiet subtleties in his drumming—hi-hat splashes, polyrhythmic cymbal action, phrase-completing fills, and consistently shifting textures.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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