Dewey Redman: Dewey Square


Dewey Square


Dewey Redman (tenor sax)


The Struggle Continues (ECM 1742062)

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Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Charles Eubanks (piano), Mark Helias (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: January 1982


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Joshua's dad flaunts his bebop chops, with just a hint of the harmonic and rhythmic freedom that once served him well as a member of Ornette Coleman's band. Redman is joined by bassist Mark Helias, who even at this relatively early point in his career was a fine player. He has an exemplary sound and sense of swing. Equally resourceful is pianist Charles Eubanks. His playing is steeped in—but not necessarily chained to—the straight-ahead. Redman's cohort from the Coleman band (as well as the cooperative Old and New Dreams) Ed Blackwell fills the drum role with swinging panache. As for Redman, he's incapable of resorting to cliché, even over such a set of ho-hum changes as this. His sound is big and lissome; he swings hard and draws upon his profound imagination to invigorate the idiom. Not the greatest Redman, but a worthy sampling of his more conservative side.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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