One of the most preeminent, profound saxophonists of the past 15 years, Joshua Redman has been hailed as “the crown prince of the tenor saxophone” (Associated Press). The late, great saxophonist Michael Brecker simply called him “a genius.” Son of recently deceased sax man Dewey Redman, Joshua burst onto the jazz scene in 1993 with his self-titled debut CD and subsequent release, Wish (both on Warner), which sold over a quarter of a million copies combined—unheard of outside the pop-jazz arena. Since then Redman’s career has advanced at a startling pace.
Over the past decade he’s worked in various formats with Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, and many others. Recently, Redman has found occasion to push boundaries and stimulate his creative juices in the classic acoustic trio format with keyboardist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade (Elastic Band). In addition Joshua is the artistic director of San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star repertory octet (including Bobby Hutcherson, Nicholas Payton, Renee Rosnes, et al). Although his muscular swing and earthy ballads may evoke Sonny Rollins, Redman has proven himself a wide-ranging musician and a fearless voice at the vanguard of contemporary music.
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