Joshua Redman ‘Still Dreaming’
One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of our time, the ceaselessly innovative saxophonist Joshua Redman has become a legend in his own right. As JamBase says, ‘When the conversation ensues about who is carrying on the great tradition of jazz musicianship today, if Joshua Redman’s name does not come up, the conversation is not worth having.’ Critics and fans alike are blown away by Redman’s passionate live performances and acclaimed recordings.
In The Joshua Redman Quartet, Redman evokes a sound that can be challenging, provocative and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic and soulful music with a joyous and celebratory spirit. A new quartet album titled Come What May, the first since 2001’s Passage of Time, was released in Spring 2019. From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, and Brooklyn Rider, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians during his career, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon. JazzTimes says it best: Joshua Redman is ‘unparalleled among horn players today.’
Still Dreaming, released in May 2018 on Nonesuch, features drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles. Touring together since 2016, the quartet seeks to affirm, in its own way, the musical exploration and experimentation which defined one of the seminal jazz bands of the '70s and '80s, Old and New Dreams, which featured Joshua’s father and Ornette Coleman alumni Dewey Redman on tenor saxophone. Busy as these four musicians are with their myriad musical projects, hearing them perform together as Still Dreaming will likely be a rare opportunity, an uncommon musical adventure — informed by the past, but looking toward the future, and navigated by the now.
Joshua Redman has been nominated for three Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He wrote and performed the music for Louis Malle’s final film Vanya on 42nd Street and is both seen and heard in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.