MoodSwing – Joshua Redman Quartet
Joshua Redman is my favorite active saxophone player. Lyrical, sophisticated yet always interesting, his style is captivating. His 2015 album with the Bad Plus was one of the best jazz albums of the year.
Yet only one of his releases has appeared on vinyl. Consider this a formal complaint.
Fortunately, that one is MoodSwing from 1994 with his quartet including Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride (only 22 at the time) on bass and Brian Blade on drums.
The record opens with Sweet Sorrow as Redman’s plaintiff saxophone enters on top the other three instruments floating in space yet drawing you deep inside the music. This is best listened to in complete darkness.
Chili continues the mood but in a more playful fashion. The group sounds like they have been playing together forever.
Balance and instrument placement is superb on this record. If you like jazz at all you need to buy this album.
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