Every few years it seems as if the jazz media go out of their way to hype one young artist, overpraising him to such an extent that it is easy to tear him down when the next season arrives. In the early '90s,
briefly became a media darling, but in his case he largely deserved the attention. A talented bop-based tenor man,
, but also has an inquisitive spirit and can play intriguing music when inspired.
The son of the great tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman
graduated from Harvard and (after debating about whether to become a doctor) he seemed headed toward studying law at Yale. However, Redman
came in first place at the 1991 Thelonious Monk
competition, landed a recording contract with Warner Bros., and was soon on the cover of most jazz magazines. Pat Metheny
was a guest on one of his albums (the Redman
interplay during their engagements was quite memorable), and although Redman
has had success constantly touring with his own group, it is a pity that his apprenticeship period as a sideman was so brief.
In 1996, Joshua Redman
recorded and briefly toured with Chick Corea
's "Tribute to Bud Powell
" sextet; the solo Timeless Tales (For Changing Times)
followed in 1998, and in 2000 he returned with Beyond
. Passage of Time
appeared in early 2001 and was followed by a lengthy tour of the U.S. The next year, Elastic
appeared in stores with an uncharacteristically humorous sight gag adorning the cover. That also reflected on the music, which was more adventurous and playful than in the past, owing a debt to his electronica and experimental rock influences. In 2005, Redman
made the move to Nonesuch and released Momentum
. Back East
followed in 2007, with Compass
arriving early in 2009.