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Spirit Of The Moment: Live At The Village Vanguard
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Broadway & Vocalists
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Jeffrey T. (BLUETRANE54) from MAPLEWOOD, MO
Reviewed on 3/17/2013...
This is a magnificent set for the lover of post-bop & classic modern jazz. The solos by Redman & company are thoughtful, fully realized while the arrangements are fresh and intriguing. The leader is unafraid of paying tribute to his influences like Rollins & Coltrane-his voice is supple and individual enough in its own right to hold its own. Joshua Redman's playing on this date is at a creative peak (I rank it ahead of some of his later work such as "Wish")and I can strongly recomend this set for those with adventurous ears.
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Larry H. from BROOKLAND, AR
Reviewed on 12/30/2012...
Really good sax work. Classic!
Young Jazz Lion Tells The Same Old Story, But A Good One
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 05/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Playing in a New York City club as honored in jazz circles as Yankee Stadium is in baseball (and where grand slam saxmen John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins gave some of their finest performances), new saxophone star Joshua Redman follows the tracks of jazz giants but gets a few base hits of his own.He's helped by a receptive audience (which he thanks in the liner notes by saying, "Through you, jazz lives.") and first-rate combo including outstanding solos from pianist Peter Martin and drummer Brian Blade (who strikes several musical conversations and gospel style call-and-response with Redman, even contributing the atmospheric piece, "Mt. Zion.") Redman borrows slightly, but beautifully, from the master's "My Favorite Things" in his own "Second Snow," a lengthy composition featuring his melodic soloing against Martin's McCoy Tyner-ish piano intro.Redman also dips into standards with mixed success; a straight, soulful rendition of "My One and Only Love," and a version of "Just In Time," that misses some of Jule Styne's lyric swing while launching off into four sharp solos. (He also has the habit of extending notes at finales to annoyance.)Overall, "Spirit Of The Moment" recalls much of the traditional jazz known (and loved) before. But when most new jazz stars fall under the "smooth" banner (with critical barbs and high sales that entails), Redman's performances in this live setting show him and his combo to be growing jazz talents. Recommended."
Rob Watkins | Augusta, Georgia United States | 05/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"two minutes into this double cd, and you will remember why you love jazz in the first place--it's flat out fun! occasionally, jazz artists, critics, fans, et al, get lost in their own rhetoric defending the art of jazz and forget that jazz, like all music, is supposed to be fun. jazz is a wonderful art form, giving voice to the purely improvisational, the free spirit within us that compels us to create, to respond to our environment, and reveal the depth and breadth of feeling carried within us. mr. redman is more than proficient. he is an artist and an improviser of high order. but he also remembers to swing, to dance, and play. right from the get-go this album captures your heart and soul and for the next couple of hours holds you there. when you're done, you don't feel exhausted, but refreshed, like you would have been had you been in the vanguard the night this went down. this is a great live set by an artist who keeps right on enjoying what he's doing. enjoy!"