It never hurts to be good-looking and a Phi Beta Kappa Harvard grad, but if you can also blow the stuffing out of the saxophone, you've really got it made. Having fit that bill to a T, all Joshua Redman had to do to make it in the big time was produce convincing jazz recordings. With his second release, WISH, he pulled that off too. Redman, the son of avant-garde sax man Dewey Redman, displayed a broad, warm-toned horn and a knack for straightforward melodic improvisation quite unlike that of his old man. He was also comfortable handling a wide range of material; Redman's own impressive blues and gospel-tinged tunes shared space with Stevie Wonder's "Make Sure You're Sure," Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround," Charlie Parker's "Moose the Mooche," and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." Heady company fleshed out the project: guitarist Pat Metheney, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Billy Higgins provide typically superior support. Redman, incidentally, turned down an opening at Yale Law School to focus on music. Given the critical acclaim, not to mention the healthy sales that greeted WISH, it was a wise career move.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|