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Friday June 08, 2018

From The Guardian

Jazz CD of the month: Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming review
By: John Fordham

Joshua Redman, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade play six apposite but vibrantly contemporary originals, and one track each by Coleman and Haden. The springy “New Year,” a blend of fanfare and a childlike song that becomes a fast-bop sprint, draws a typically swift and swerving tenor solo from Redman against Blade’s tingling cymbal beat. The staccato yet folksy “Unanimity” features an even better Redman improvisation, and a Don Cherry-reminiscent fusion of fluency and fierce bluster from Miles. Coleman’s classic 1969 lament “Comme Il Faut” is a highlight, as is a voice-like slow blues (Blues for Charlie) that smoulders with a melancholy majesty.

This is a supergroup at work, but – as with Coleman’s own bands and Old and New Dreams themselves – they never sound as if they’re trying to make an issue out of that.

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