Back East

Back East

by Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman




Back East showcases saxophonist Joshua Redman as he leads a few different trios through a cerebral and muscular set of originals and standards. Redman has long evinced the influences of such similarly inclined legends as Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and John Coltrane, and Back East is no exception -- which isn't to say it's business as usual. Admittedly, while this is a straight-ahead acoustic jazz date, it is one ripe with creative energy that finds Redman's knack for deeply thoughtful improvisation and unexpected rhythmic interplay in full flower. Recorded prior to the passing of Redman's father, saxophonist Dewey Redman, in 2006, the album is dedicated in his father's memory and not only features the elder Redman alongside his son, but Redman even gives him a solo turn on the last cut. Interestingly, Back East finds Redman ruminating on alternate meanings of the title: as in the "Back East" of cities like New York and Boston or as in Eastern philosophies and religious beliefs. This leads Redman to myriad musical settings, including the funky swing of "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" and the more raga-influenced and expansive post-bop of the original "Zarafah." Joining Redman here is a cadre of top-notch rhythm players, including bassists Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers, and Christian McBride; drummers Ali Jackson, Brian Blade, and Eric Harland; and saxophonists Chris Cheek and Joe Lovano. This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Jazz Instrumental Album (Individual or Group).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597999389
catalogNumber: 104252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Redman   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Dewey Redman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Brian Blade   Drums
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Christian McBride   Bass
Reuben Rogers   Bass
Chris Cheek   Soprano Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Eric Harland   Drums
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Dewey Redman   Arranger,Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Joshua Redman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Coltrane   Composer,Author
Peter DeRose   Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Rudyard Kipling   Author
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Henry David Thoreau   Author
William J. Hill   Composer
Edward Said   Author

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