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On the excellent 2009 release, Compass, saxophonist Joshua Redman leads a pair of trios through 13 compositions. The players — drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, and bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers — come together in various combinations and formats: trios, double trios, quartet, and quintet. “Faraway” finds Redman’s highly melodic approach backed by the surge and flow of Blade and Granadier. The agitated and forceful “Insomnomaniac” catches Redman, Hutchinson, and Rogers in formidable form: the band swings hard and works wonders with the stop-start arrangement. All five of the players contribute to a lovely version of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” where there is no sense of jazzmen crossing over to play a classical theme; the group claims the piece as its own. Redman plays soprano on “Ghosts,” where his lines squiggle over riffing bass, splashing cymbals, and rumbling toms. (The saxophonist also plays that horn on “March” and “Little Ditty.”) Compass closes with the quietly moving “Through the Valley,” a nice composition by Blade. On Compass, it’s clear that Redman has further developed his already considerable artistry.

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Fantastic continuation of trio work

Great recording. Takes huge steps forward with the trio concept of Back East. Double Trio stuff is very interesting. Nice to see Redman pushing to do "new" things. Only negative: $14.99 for an mp3????? Its cheaper to buy the CD! Never seen an mp3 for soo much.


Is that a typo that the price is $14.99? I don't understand. If I purchased each of the songs separately from this album it would be cheaper. On most other sites, the price is less than $14.99. Despite my interest in purchasing this album, I would not even spend my itunes gift card on something that is obviously and strangely overpriced!


Rhapsody has it for $11.99 encoded in 256kbps. Oh, but you don't get the digital booklet.


Born: February 1, 1969 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A gifted tenor saxophonist, Joshua Redman is a thoughtful, forward-thinking jazz artist whose robust improvisational style balances a love of the bop tradition with an ear for advanced harmony and playful exploration. Born in Berkeley, California in 1969, Redman grew up in a musical family as the son of respected tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman. Exposed to a wide variety of music from a young age, he first started out playing clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone around age ten. Although he...
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Compass, Joshua Redman
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 12, 2008

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