March 21, 05

Vol. 20 , No. 08   


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The Dewey Redman Septet: An Evening with Dewey Redman
DEWEY REDMAN, tenor saxophone
TIM HAGANS, trumpet
DAVE WOODLEY, trombone
DANNY HOUSE, alto saxophone
CECILIA COLEMAN, piano
DAREK OLES, bass
JOE LABARBERA, drums
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2005

Dewey Redman is one of the most adventurous tenor saxophonists of our time. Downbeat magazine calls him "the greatest living tenor saxophonist." Born in Texas in 1931, Redman took up the clarinet at 13, but switched to alto sax to play in his high school marching band with buddy Ornette Coleman. After getting a masters degree in education, he moved to San Francisco, taught in public schoolsó and freelanced as a tenor saxophonist with the likes of Pharoah Sanders and Wes Montgomery. In 1967, he moved to New York and formed a close musical association with his friend Ornette Coleman that lasted until 1974. During this time, while on tour with Coleman's avant garde quartet, Redman recorded Tarik (1969).

After Coleman. Redman joined Keith Jarrett's quintet where his versatility brought a unique quality to Jarrett's group. There were frequent recordings during this period that led to even greater exposure. Albums with Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, and Leroy Jenkins were the result. During the mid-1970's, Redman had the opportunity to record several albums as a leader. Two albums for the Impulse! label: Ear of the Behearer (1973) and Coincide (1974) are classics. Musics (1978) and Sound Sign (1978) were recorded for the Galaxy label. His most recent recording, In London (1996), finds him in top form.

Dewey Redman is a consummate artist in his prime. His message is clear, masterful and dynamic.