JoshuaRedman & Brooklyn Rider —
Sun On Sand ... CD Nonesuch, 2019. New Copy ...
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A beautiful record from tenorist JoshuaRedman – and quite different than some of his other recent sets too – as the album has a core jazz trio augmented by work from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet! The album's not the traditional string quartet set, and it's also not a "with strings" jazz date either – as the rhythmic conception is quite unique, at a level that also really seems to set Redman free on his tenor – as he moves up and down alongside the bass of Scott Colley and drums of Satoshi Takeishi, while the quartet almost provide an additional pulse in the middle – this liquid sort of flow that comes from the arrangements of Patrick Zimmerli, who also composed the whole album too. A really wonderful meeting of sounds and ideas – with titles that include "Sun On Sand", "Starbursts & Haloes", "Through Mist", "Soft Focus", "Dark White", and "Between Dog & Wolf". CD
Plenty of young blood here – a trio of powerful horn players who really make the set stand out nicely! Elvin Jones proves once again that his ear for a horn is almost as great as his work on the drums – and having chosen the trumpet of Nicholas Payton, and tenors of Javon Jackson and JoshuaRedman, he really sets about making this session cook! The quintet's completed by bassist George Mraz – who's also a great component to the sound – and although some of the tunes come on with that hard-pounding approach that Jones developed in the post-Coltrane years, there's also a straighter hardbop groove going on that we like even more. Titles include "The Biscuit Man", "Lady Luck", "Ding A Ling A Ding", "Not Yet", "Have You Seen Eleveen", "My Romance", and "Youngblood". CD