Listening to CDs with Joshua Redman

Playing the Diplomatic Changes: “Since at least 1996, when he released ‘Freedom in the Groove,’ Mr. Redman, now 36, has been advancing a theory of why jazz can and should share a space with pop. It has to do with sincerity as much as form: acknowledging what musicians truly listen to as they grow up and develop, as much as figuring out a way to make jazz phrasing fit over backbeats. Ultimately, he is playing what he likes and trying to make jazz records that in a gingerly way reflect advances in pop.” (New York Times )

I love the Times’ ‘Listening to CDs With…’ pieces. I would usually rather hear what a musician thinks of other music than a critic. (It might be the case that most critics would share that opinion…)

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