Music: Beyond

Joshua Redman

The leaders of neo-traditionalism, the stylistic fortress that has long held at bay the barbarians of commercial jazz, have lately found themselves in a quandary. The very walls that protect the purity of their music have come to restrict its reach. Carefully, saxophonist Redman is trying to nudge open the gates a bit--not to commercial dreck, but to a less doctrinaire approach. Only an artist with Redman's extravagant formal skills could pull off such a gambit. The cuts jump from the strangely fitting eastern drone of Leap of Faith to the modern bounce of Stoic Revolutions, all woven together by Redman's...

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