Joshua Redman Elastic Band: Shut Your Mouth

Track

Shut Your Mouth

Group

Joshua Redman Elastic Band

CD

Momentum (Nonesuch 79864)

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Musicians:

Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Sam Yahel (bass synth, rhodes, organ, clavinet, lead synth), Jeff Ballard (drums).

Composed by Sam Yahel

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Recorded: Multiple locations, no date given (CD released in 2005)

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Most funk bands bring in a whole posse to slam that backbeat into submission. But a funk trio with no bass guitar? And no percussionists to keep company with the drummer? Leave it to Joshua Redman to try to stretch his Elastic Band to build such a big sound with so small a cadre. Of course it helps that Sam Yahel has more electric equipment plugged in than a Best Buy on Labor Day weekend. But drummer Jeff Ballard deserves special credit for keeping this number simmering for the full 5 minutes. And our star of the sax acts like he trained his axe on stacks and stacks of Stax. Tawdry crossover, you say? I reply: "Shut your mouth!"

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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