Joshua Redman: Moonlight
Joshua Redman (tenor sax)
Compass (Nonesuch 510844)
Composed by by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Recorded: New York, March 24-26, 2008
Rating: 81/100 (learn more)
Who can predict the unpredictable Joshua Redman? When he plays funk he relies on a tiny band without bass or percussion. But when he performs Beethoven, he doubles up on the rhythm section. Most of his Compass CD sounds like one of those stylish Euro bands with their attenuated sense of rhythm. But here we reach the realm of the super-cali-fragi-listic-hyper-attenuated. The pulse is a snail's marathon, inching forward at little more than 50 beats per minute. The rhythm section strives with valor against the odds, and Redman tries to put some deep feeling into his sax phrases. But the "Jazz in Vienna" arrangement clearly limits what mere mortals can do, even with a mighty horn in hand. Joshua, come back to America! We miss you!
Reviewer: Ted Gioia