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: ‘Today Not Today’ by Miho Hazama and m_unit
Taken from Dancer in Nowhere to be released by Sunnyside in February the focus here is on imaginative arranging, a big strength on the lush ‘Today Not Today.’
Composer and bandleader Miho Hazama steers her 13-piece orchestra the m_unit who include guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Nate Wood in a direction that has a stop-start hazy sheen and positivity to it. Passing such stations along the way as intimations of Mike Gibbs, or the Gil Evans-like inspirations of Maria Schneider, the transformative effect is an inspiring beat displacing idiosyncratic blend that draws the ear in.