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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

R.I.P. Dewey Redman (1931-2006)

Dewey Redman was a phenomenonal tenox saxophone sideman, most notably to Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. He also managed to make some ensembles with Pat Methany and Keith Jarrett quite remarkable (which is a feat in itself because I'm not particularly a fan of either). His work as band leader was of equal and often greater value pushing the instrument to new sounds, yet remaining accessible, especially when he followed Don Cherry's example and began to incorporate African musics into his playing.

As soon as I can find Tarik (and some choice live bootlegs) in two boxes of recently converted plastic sleeves, it's going on full blast.


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