I’m not even gonna front here — I know nothing about this guy. I heard comedian Greg Proops mention him in passing a few days ago on The Nerdist podcast and I decided to check him out. There is very little contemporary jazz I can get into, so I was pretty surprised with how much I actually enjoyed this tune.
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, Joshua Redman briefly became a media darling, but in his case, he largely deserved the attention. A talented bop-based tenor man, Redman (who will probably never be an innovator) is a throwback to the styles of Red Holloway and Gene Ammons, but also has an inquisitive spirit and can play intriguing music when inspired…[read more]
Via: Marcello Caddeo