Joshua Redman's "Walking Shadows" a "Riveting Collection, Great Work of Art" (All About Jazz)
Joshua Redman is "a musician of such intelligence and energy, who is so adaptable, that he easily finds a way to make himself at home in any given musical surrounding," writes All About Jazz in a review of his new album, Walking Shadows. "As such, Redman is perfectly suited to performing with large ensembles," as he does on the new album, a "riveting collection" and "an emotionally charged, wonderfully seamless slow burn of an album that is a great work of art."
Walking Shadows, Joshua Redman’s first recording to include an orchestral ensemble, was produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau and released in May on Nonesuch Records. The record's core ensemble is a quartet featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade. Redman is "a musician of such intelligence and energy, who is so adaptable, that he easily finds a way to make himself at home in any given musical surrounding," writes All About Jazz contributor Nenad Georgievski in a new review of the album. "As such, Redman is perfectly suited to performing with large ensembles."
The album's orchestrations, by Mehldau, composer Patrick Zimmerli, and Dan Coleman, who also conducts on the orchestral tracks, "are gorgeously rendered landscapes against which Redman and his quartet play," writes Georgievski. "Walking Shadows assembles a gentle, sultry, and extremely elegant collection of ballads with a wide array of choices. Redman has always possessed such a profound grasp of the tradition and, on top of that, a profound ability to reshape it."
Georgievski goes on to describe the album as a "riveting collection" and concludes: "Walking Shadows is an emotionally charged, wonderfully seamless slow burn of an album that is a great work of art. It points not only to Redman's ability as a performer and composer, and his taste for diverse material, but also to the depth of his heart and how well he listens to his own Muse."
Read the complete album review at allaboutjazz.com.
To pick up a copy of Walking Shadows, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album at checkout.
Redman resumes his tour with his Quartet, featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 4. For tour details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
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