Album: Joshua Redman, Compass, (Nonesuch)
Sunday 18 January 2009
Anyone who has seen saxophonist Redman play live will know what a star he is, but the recording career has been offering diminishing returns for a while now.
This unusual double trio setting, using bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers, together with drummers Greg Hutchinson and Brian Blade, sometimes all playing together, is at least relatively free and adventurous. Yet the nervy rhythms and lugubrious horn-play offer only one real tune ("Moonlight Sonata") and not much fun.
Pick of the album: 'Moonlight': Ludwig van gets re-arranged
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