ALBUM of the WEEK Joshua Redman, Come What May, Nonesuch
It has been quite a while since this Joshua Redman Quartet configuration has issued an album, some 20 years or so in fact since Redman last teamed up with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in the easy mainstream space that Redman has virtually made his own over the years.
Full of bittersweet elegiac melody this lands if you like right in the middle stylistically of where jazz is these days, neither smooth nor full of extravagant avant garde gesture. Redman brings with him nonetheless an encyclopedia of saxophone prowess and in some ways nothing really has changed since we were introduced to him back in the 1990s.
Full of original tunes there is plenty here for newcomers to jazz and old hands alike. For sure one thing that Redman never forgets is how to shape a melody and draw on his emotional side and with this band manages to underline his key approach so convincingly once again.
Photo: Arne Reimer
What else is new? Check this from ROSIE TURTON
SLIDER WITH ROSIE This looks worth your time, an extract from an original sounding EP by trombonist Rosie Turton called Rosie’s 5ive from the Jazz Re:freshed label. Tracks are Stolen Ribs, The Unknown, The Purge, the Herbie Hancock tune Butterfly covered in recent years by the likes of Robert Glasper, and Orange Moon. The band personnel is not listed but I think joining Turton are Johanna Burnheart – violin; Maria Chiara Argiro – piano; Twm Dylan – bass; and Pete Hill – drums. A sprawling laidback dark modal vibe, Turton takes up the mantle of Annie Whitehead a little although there is no South African side to her direction at all on this glimpse anyway but I am also hearing probably more to the point a bit of the bluesy sound of Frank Lacy as per his work with McCoy Tyner on an album like Journey or with the Mingus Big Band. Burnheart reminds me of someone like Nigel Kennedy feeding feverishly into the sound on top of the rhythm section. A 14 January 2019 release date is advertised. Turton plays Kings Place on 27 April in one of her biggest shows to date. SG