Joshua Redman: Round Reuben


Round Reuben


Joshua Redman (tenor sax)


Compass (Nonesuch 510844)

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Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Reuben Rogers (bass), Brian Blade (drums).

Composed by Joshua Redman


Recorded: New York, March 24-26, 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Elsewhere on his Compass CD, Joshua Redman embraces a subdued Transatlantic ethos. But this track starts out with a hot serving of free-range Yardbird in a boppish broth. Ah, it is only an appetizer. At the close of the head, Redman moves outside the tonal center, leaving bassist Rogers to solo in a chord-free zone. For a moment, Rogers thinks he spies some Shorter-ish footprints on his desert island, but then he wanders farther and farther from his starting point. When Redman returns, he engages in an astringent dialogue with his trio cohorts. Then the tempo takes off in fast fours, and we are back in Bopville in time for the party. Redman always seems to be a restless traveler on his horn, but he really covers a lot of territory here. For a while I feared he would never find his way back to the head, but after one final dalliance with the outer limits of the chords, he slips back into the main theme. No wonder he calls this CD Compass.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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