Walking Shadows

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Joshua Redman's 2013 album, Walking Shadows, is a lush orchestral album featuring the saxophonist backed by a large symphonic ensemble. From Charlie Parker's string recordings in the '50s, to Miles Davis' large-ensemble recordings with Gil Evans in the '60s, to Wynton Marsalis' 1984 album Hot House Flowers, there is a long tradition of jazz musicians framing themselves in the warm, classical tones of a string orchestra. Here, Redman positions himself within this continuum with an album that frames his articulate, harmonically sophisticated saxophone style with immaculately produced arrangements from Dan Coleman, Patrick Zimmerli, and pianist Brad Mehldau. Mehldau also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Joshua Redman's 2013 album, Walking Shadows, is a lush orchestral album featuring the saxophonist backed by a large symphonic ensemble. From Charlie Parker's string recordings in the '50s, to Miles Davis' large-ensemble recordings with Gil Evans in the '60s, to Wynton Marsalis' 1984 album Hot House Flowers, there is a long tradition of jazz musicians framing themselves in the warm, classical tones of a string orchestra. Here, Redman positions himself within this continuum with an album that frames his articulate, harmonically sophisticated saxophone style with immaculately produced arrangements from Dan Coleman, Patrick Zimmerli, and pianist Brad Mehldau. Mehldau also appears here as a member of Redman's quartet alongside bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. These are some of the most nuanced, lyrical, and romantic recordings Redman has ever produced. Tracks like his opening take on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger's "Easy Living" have a sweeping, cinematic quality that one could easily imagine as the soundtrack to classic film noir. Redman also includes a few of his compositions, including the ruminative "Final Hour" and the torchy "Let Me Down Easy," which perfectly balance his vocal-like saxophone melodies and roiling John Coltrane-influenced improvisations. While most of the album centers around the orchestral arrangements, some tracks -- like Redman's cover of John Mayer's "Stop This Train" and the Beatles' "Let It Be" -- are ruminative small-group tracks that should appeal to listeners who enjoyed his quartet side project James Farm. Ultimately, Walking Shadows is a mature, sophisticated album that can stand head to head with the best orchestral jazz albums of any decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597960938
  • Catalog Number: 532288
  • Sales rank: 29,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (4:00)
  2. 2 Lush Life (6:44)
  3. 3 Stop This Train (4:44)
  4. 4 Adagio (3:16)
  5. 5 Easy Living (5:33)
  6. 6 Doll is Mine (5:55)
  7. 7 Infant Eyes (5:05)
  8. 8 Let It Be (5:15)
  9. 9 Final Hour (2:46)
  10. 10 Last Glimpse of Gotham (3:26)
  11. 11 Stardust (5:50)
  12. 12 Let Me Down Easy (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Redman Primary Artist, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brian Blade Drums
Robert Carlisle French Horn
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Larry Grenadier Bass
Karen Karlsrud Violin
Ann Leathers Violin
Brad Mehldau Piano, Vibes, Tubular Bells
Pamela Sklar Flute
Laura Frautschi Concert Master
Avril Brown Violin
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Dan Coleman Conductor
Daniel Panner Viola
Timothy Cobb Bass
Christina Courtin Violin
Dov Scheindlin Viola
Courtney Orlando Violin
Eugene Moye Cello
Vincent Lionti Viola
Joanna Maurer Violin
Katherine Livolsi-Landau Violin
Ellen Westermann Cello
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Joshua Redman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer, Additional Production
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Brad Mehldau Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Pino Palladino Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Patrick Zimmerli Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Kazu Makino Composer
Dan Coleman Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements, Additional Production
John Mayer Composer
Charlie Kramsky Recording Assistant
Simone Maria Pace Composer
Claire Dorn Cover Photo
Amedeo Maria Pace Composer
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