Joshua Redman: Young Gun

Joshua Redman is a graduate of the jazz life and Harvard

/ Ideas come fast to Joshua Redman. On The Deserving Many, a song from the young tenor saxophonist's fine new album, Wish, he starts off with a few buoyant, tinkling notes, then suddenly scatters them into a jagged, descending riff, surging along it at breakneck speed. Then, quickly interweaving a flurry of growling notes with an exciting upper-octave peal, he is swept up by a new set of ideas that carry him back to his original melody.

Redman's fluency as a soloist is drawing comparisons to the young Sonny Rollins. Premature, of course, but it's been a long time since jazz...

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