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
Joseph Jarman has died
The Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Joseph Jarman has died at the age of 81.
Douglas R. Ewart of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians announced that Jarman passed away in New Jersey although there are no other details so far. The Arkansas-born Chicago raised reedist was an early AACM member in the 1960s and in the Art Ensemble which grew out of the AACM became a world renowned avant gardist staying with the Ensemble until the early-1990s later concentrating on his Zen Buddhist practice and his own solo projects.