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On BEYOND, saxophonist Joshua Redman reaffirms the gifts that make him a unique figure in contemporary improvising. Redman understands how to create elegant melodies within complex structures, how to construct drama in musical language, and how to make rhythm speak. With a centered tone and unerring time on the tenor, alto, and soprano horns, his sound is his own; BEYOND shows that you can almost say the same for his ensemble style and conception. Whereas on 1998's TIMELESS TALES (FOR CHANGING TIMES) Redman rearranged five songbook classics and five "new standards," on BEYOND the 30-year-old saxman concentrates on original composition. On more than 73 minutes of sustained improvising, he and a proactive world-class rhythm section (Aaron Goldberg, piano; Reuben Rogers, bass; Gregory Hutchinson, drums) impart freewheeling focus and fire to ten extended tunes, their intuitive interplay denoting a unit that works incessantly. Up-and-comer Goldberg is an empathic comper and creative soloist; note among other highlights his extended exchanges with the leader on "Belonging (Lopsided Lullaby)" and his cohesive opening solo on "A Life?". Rogers, who spent his previous four years with Nicholas Payton, is a groovemaster with a huge sound; check his extended introduction to the ominous, Shorteresque, medium-slow "Suspended Animation." Hutchinson, an alumnus of Roy Hargrove and Ray Brown, swings consistently and collaboratively with comprehensive command of trapset dynamics. Whether mining balladic emotion ("Twilight...And Beyond," "Balance," "Neverend") or stretching to catch the spirits ("Leap of Faith" and "Last Rites of Rock 'N' Roll"), Redman wears his heart on the sleeve with sophistication and clear intelligence.

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Release Date: 04/04/2000
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624746522
catalogNumber: 47465
Rank: 50749

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