"I feel like my best ideas often don't come from me. They come from the other musicians I'm playing with." - Joshua Redman
Intuition is seeing with the soul, as the old saying goes. For Joshua Redman, considered one the best saxophone players on the planet, intuition also fuels the creative process. He has a razor-sharp ability to adapt his play to what he's hearing from his band mates in the moment, inventing and altering solos and phrases with seamless and beautiful results. Yes, that's the essence of jazz improvisation, but what Redman does is otherworldly.
It's an art he honed over years as a touring and session player with artists like Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, Charlie Haden and Clark Terry. Born into an artistic family (his dad was legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, his mom a dancer), Redman began playing music at age 9. He trained at Berkley's Center for World Music and graduated from Harvard summa cum laude before moving to Brooklyn with some musician friends to gig the NYC jazz scene. Just 5 months after moving to New York, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and his career was off to the races.
On his new album, Come What May, Redman re-assembled his popular quartet - Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums - who've toured and recorded together in various configurations since 1999. It's straight-up jazz with captivating dexterity, swinging from up-tempo jams to wistful ballads. Check the bluesy swagger of "Stagger Bear," the tight interplay of "How We Do," and the kinetic pop of "DGAF," which one reviewer described as four old friends finishing each other's sentences. Sounds like deep intuition at play. Feels like a great soundtrack for fall.