Saturday, November 01, 2014

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Joshua Redman Trio

Today, let's take a look at saxophonist Joshua Redman and his trio, who are coming to St. Louis to perform next Wednesday, November 5 through Saturday, November 8 at Jazz at the Bistro.

Though Redman leads several different ensembles and also is a member of the cooperative band James Farm, his trio with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson remains one of his staple formats - so much so that the last time he came to St. Louis back in 2010, it was with the very same musicians at the same venue.

In addition, earlier this year Redman released Trios Live, an album documenting his collaborations with Hutchinson, Rogers, and Matt Penman, who handles the bass duties when Rogers is not available.

That recording received mostly glowing reviews, and serves as a succinct introduction to the trio's style. But for those who haven't heard it, who may have missed Redman's previous gigs here, or simply are coming in late, here are some glimpses of them in action.

We get started up top with an episode of the Voice of America program Beyond Category with Eric Felten from 2013 that features an interview with Redman plus versions of “Mack the Knife,” “Soul Dance,” and, with Felten sitting in, Thelonious Monk’s “Misterioso.”

After the jump, you can see five more clips of Redman, Rogers and Hutchinson, recorded during various European tours over the last three years. The first is a version of "Riddle Me This," a song by pianist Aaron Parks, that was recorded at a gig in February 2012 in Norway.

That's followed by another clip from the same tour showing them playing "Odd Man In" at a concert in Germany. The next video, recorded in 2013 in Stockholm, starts off as a version of "Stardust" and morphs from there into a considerably different groove.

We close out with two songs recorded at a 2011 show in Moscow, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" and "Hide & Seek."

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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