Album: James Farm, James Farm (Nonesuch)

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Star saxman Joshua Redman's new band is a "collaborative" quartet (Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, Eric Harland) who cleave to a strikingly Euro-sounding aesthetic.

This means they can sound proggily like EST on the rather annoying opener "Coax", and wistful like Jan Garbarek on a number of the other nine tunes. Best of all are the more blues- and ballad-based modes heard on "Polliwog" and "Bijou", and the hip-hoppy "1-10". It's good, but you want to hear them live.