Who's the Redman? Where's the Redman?
Joshua Redman's new album, Back East, is a tribute of sorts to some of the most influential figures that have inspired his music, including his father, the late saxophonist Dewey Redman, and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. Back East was most notably influenced by another of Redman's inlfuences, Sonny Rollins, and his album Way Out West which was the first to feature the trio of sax, drums, and bass. Naturally, Redman's instrumentation for his current release features this combination and is interestingly his first acoustic trio recording.
I went to check out JR and his trio at Catalina's on Sunset this past week.