Joshua Redman feat Gabrielle Cavassa, Where Are We, Blue Note ****

Sax icon Joshua Redman rings the changes here with his first album for Blue Note and his first featuring a singer - in this case Gabrielle Cavassa. With his signature 1990s melodic and accessible style still very much a factor in his work there are …

Published: 14 Sep 2023. Updated: 5 months.

Sax icon Joshua Redman rings the changes here with his first album for Blue Note and his first featuring a singer - in this case Gabrielle Cavassa. With his signature 1990s melodic and accessible style still very much a factor in his work there are a few twists and turns along the way provided by pianist Aaron Parks who adds plenty of sparkiness harmonically. Brian Blade on drums is the ideal companion going back many years with his fellow American. Kurt Rosenwinkel pops up as a guest along the way as does vibist Joel Ross, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Peter Bernstein. With tracks themed to reflect US cities Redman's version of Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets of Philadelphia' is a must with Rosenwinkel on hand for an added dimension and the way Redman slides from Count Basie to Sufjan Stevens on 'Goin' to Chicago Blues' even enters earworm territory. Out tomorrow

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Human Being Human return this autumn

Fabulous metrical elasticity here from Danish trio Human Being Human and the lead-off track from the upcoming Disappearance (April records). A year on from their debut Equals, leader bassist Torben Bjørnskov, pianist Esben Tjalve and drummer …

Published: 13 Sep 2023. Updated: 5 months.

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Fabulous metrical elasticity here from Danish trio Human Being Human and the lead-off track from the upcoming Disappearance (April records). A year on from their debut Equals, leader bassist Torben Bjørnskov, pianist Esben Tjalve and drummer Frederik Bülow remind us of the much missed Phronesis and possess the same kind of distilled emotion combined with virtuosic firepower as Jasper Høiby's formidable trio on this studio album recorded in Demark last year.