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There’s a tradition of jazz-meets-strings albums that dates back to the early '50s, and saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Walking Shadows sits squarely in that line. One appeal of this kind of pairing is the blend of two forms of elegance: lyrical improvisation and lush arrangements that draw from classical and pop. Here, Redman leads a quartet featuring pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade. Mehldau also serves as producer; the orchestral arrangements are by Mehldau, conductor Dan Coleman, and composer Patrick Zimmerli. (Only half of the tracks have strings; a few pieces are for trio, and one is a duet.) Kern and Hammerstein’s “The Folks Who Live on the Hill” opens with some nice back-and-forth between tenor sax and strings before the band joins in and the track fully blossoms. Redman and Grenadier bring great feeling to Bach’s “Adagio” as Blade adds subtle accompaniment on brushes. The drummer’s simple, steady beats lend a tone of gravity to a cover of Blonde Redhead’s “Doll Is Mine,” while Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes” features Redman's sinuous soprano sax.

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Strings Attached

Now-legendary Redman here astonishes with an album of tender ballads, the base quartet framed by orchestral strings a la Bird or Miles. Lovely Strayhorn to Lennon, lovingly laid tunes indeed. A Grammy nominee/winner for sure, and my favorite Redman album since his (classic) Moodswing.

bubblegum? NO WAY

i don't know what realisticlistener was hearing, but it wasn't this album. let it be brought tears to my eyes......


Born: February 1, 1969 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Jazz

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

Every few years it seems as if the jazz media go out of their way to hype one young artist, overpraising him to such an extent that it is easy to tear him down when the next season arrives. In the early '90s, Joshua Redman briefly became a media darling, but in his case, he largely deserved the attention. A talented bop-based tenor man, Redman (who will probably never be an innovator) is a throwback to the styles of Red Holloway and Gene Ammons, but also has an inquisitive spirit and can play intriguing...
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Walking Shadows, Joshua Redman
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: May 03, 2013

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