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    Mercury News: Joshua Redman "Doing His Best Work Yet" on "Compass," with "Intuitive, Rambunctious, Brilliant" Trio Interplay

    Joshua Redman's recently released double-trio album, Compass, featuring bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, finds the saxophonist "doing his best work yet," says the San Jose Mercury News. The album "unfolds across 13 tracks, almost as a suite, mesmerizingly, with out-of-the-box tunes," writes Mercury News critic Richard Scheinin, "and a mood that ranges from ghostly to goosebump exuberant."

    Scheinen praises Redman and the team he has assembled for the album's various trio and double-trio combinations ("some of the best players of his generation") for engaging in interplay that is at once "intuitive, rambunctious, brilliant."

    As for Redman himself, Scheinen finds references to the "beautiful fragility" of Stan Getz, the "yearning" of John Coltrane, the "pure joy" of Sonny Rollins, and the "fine-grained blues howl" of his father in the younger sax man's sound, concluding: "how nice to be grounded and growing at 40."

    Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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    The Vancouver Sun's Marke Andrews writes: "In or out of the groove, Redman and company perform magnificently" on the new album. Andrews uses the album track "Insomnomaniac" as an example of his claim, stating, "In less than nine minutes, the trio takes the listener on a journey that wanders from trail to precipice." Read the review at canada.com/vancouversun.

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Mercury News: Joshua Redman "Doing His Best Work Yet" on "Compass," with "Intuitive, Rambunctious, Brilliant" Trio Interplay

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Joshua Redman's recently released double-trio album, Compass, finds the saxophonist "doing his best work yet," says the San Jose Mercury News. The album exhibits "a mood that ranges from ghostly to goosebump exuberant." Redman and "some of the best players of his generation" come together for interplay that is at once "intuitive, rambunctious, brilliant." The Vancouver Sun exclaims: "In or out of the groove, Redman and company perform magnificently."

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Joshua Redman's recently released double-trio album, Compass, featuring bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, finds the saxophonist "doing his best work yet," says the San Jose Mercury News. The album "unfolds across 13 tracks, almost as a suite, mesmerizingly, with out-of-the-box tunes," writes Mercury News critic Richard Scheinin, "and a mood that ranges from ghostly to goosebump exuberant."

Scheinen praises Redman and the team he has assembled for the album's various trio and double-trio combinations ("some of the best players of his generation") for engaging in interplay that is at once "intuitive, rambunctious, brilliant."

As for Redman himself, Scheinen finds references to the "beautiful fragility" of Stan Getz, the "yearning" of John Coltrane, the "pure joy" of Sonny Rollins, and the "fine-grained blues howl" of his father in the younger sax man's sound, concluding: "how nice to be grounded and growing at 40."

Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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The Vancouver Sun's Marke Andrews writes: "In or out of the groove, Redman and company perform magnificently" on the new album. Andrews uses the album track "Insomnomaniac" as an example of his claim, stating, "In less than nine minutes, the trio takes the listener on a journey that wanders from trail to precipice." Read the review at canada.com/vancouversun.

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