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
Warren trio examine Everything in Between
Next month will see the release of a new trio album called Everything in Between to be released by Italian label CAM Jazz the work of a trio led by the great Welsh jazz pianist and composer Huw Warren. Listen to a clip above, the initial melody at the beginning of this very lush and beautiful treatment you’d swear is a deconstruction of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ it struck me, with a direction then darting off into fresh tributaries known only to the trio and captured very much in the moment. With Warren is his son Zoot on drums and Dudley Phillips alternating bass guitar with double bass. The Warren trio will be launching the album at the Vortex jazz club in London on 8 February.