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“At his best, Joshua Redman seems a class apart for technique, invention and artistry.” — Evening Standard
“The Bad Plus are the Coen brothers of jazz: Midwesterners, both ironic and dead earnest, technically brilliant, beyond versatile, a little chilly sometimes, but funny, surprising, and pretty hard to pin down.” —The New Yorker
Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. The Joshua Redman Quartet’s newest album, Come What May (March 2019, Nonesuch), marks the first recording in almost two decades for this group of musicians—the recently Grammy-nominated saxophonist and his longtime friends and colleagues pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. The heavy-hitting quartet evokes a sound that can be challenging, provocative and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic and soulful. Redman’s sound links him directly to the authenticity of jazz from the 50s and 60s while incorporating a more contemporary approach.
Since its outset, the iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call ‘avant-garde populism’, their unique blend of influences—ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop and classical music—has earned them a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. They have constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.