Joshua Redman Essay

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Joshua Redman





“Freedom in the Groove”

Mark Jackson
History of Jazz
March 4, 1999
Prof. Adam Kolker

The album “freedom in the Groove” features Joshua Redman with a small ensemble
of Bass, electric guitar, and drums. In different songs Redman plays the alto, soprano
and tenor saxophone. The CD shows many different aspects of Jazz, spanning many different
feels, tempos and intonation.

I was really impressed with the diversity of the album. The typical song on features
Redman soloing over the standard rhythm section of the bass, piano and drum set.
Occasionally Redman will trade solos with the piano or the guitar, but obviously the album
mainly features the saxophone. Despite this, Redman and his small ensemble show an
incredible amount of diversity.

The CD starts out with what I would consider to be your typical Jazz tune, “Hide and
Seek.” An alto saxophone soloing over the rhythm section, with the piano throwing
in a little counter melody or even sharing the spot light with a solo or two. However, as
soon as the second song begins I realized that there is a lot more to Joshua Redman than
the “typical” jazz song. “One shining Soul” gives out a much more
laid back feel to it. The Saxophone and guitar share the melody for much of the song
giving me flash backs to the dentist office or an elevator. The group then picks up the
pace with “Streams Of Consciousness” which features a much more up beat feel,
making me want to tap my foot. Redman again takes the solo with an extremely fast pace,
using the full range of the tenor sax. The thing I enjoyed most about this tune was the
electric guitar solo toward the end. The laid back sound gives a big contrast to the up
beat feel of the song.

The remainder of the CD seems to have the feel of one of the first three songs, adding a
little variety with some blues sound, a little call and response, and some stop time
rhythm. However, I was really captivated by the sixth song on the CD entitled
“Invocation.” The song begins with a tenor sax solo, which makes me picture
an old mystery movie. The added reverb on the sax gives the idea that he is playing in an
open hall. The entire song is very free form. There is very seldom a noticeable rhythm;
definitely not something the normal person would tap their foot to. The percussion
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