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
TRACK of the DAY ‘Non Plus Ultra’ by Binker Golding and Elliot Galvin
EXCLUSIVE Elegant avant interplay here on the almost hymnal meditation ‘Non Plus Ultra’ taken from the upcoming limited edition vinyl (also digital) album Ex Nihilo (like the title all the tracks are in Latin) from saxophonist Binker Golding and pianist Elliot Galvin. Engrossing intertwining improvisation with Golding landing ever more in the Evan Parker domain the album featuring tracks recorded at the Vortex is released by the London indie label Byrd Out who are promoting the Walthamstow Jazz Festival which takes place next month during which Golding and Galvin can be heard.