Joshua Redman: Embracing the Challenge

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Wednesday January 03, 2018

From St Louis Post-Dispatch

Juggling Gigs and Repertoires isn’t Easy, but Joshua Redman Embraces the Challenge
By: Daniel Durchholz

This past year was a busy one for jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. He played in Asia, Europe, South Africa and the U.S. in a wide array of contexts ‘” with violinist Ola Kvernberg; with the Bad Plus (with whom he recorded in 2015) and, separately, with its pianist Ethan Iverson (who on New Year’s Eve played his last gig with the group); with his new all-star band Still Dreaming (Brian Blade, Scott Colley and Ron Miles); with his longtime sidemen Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson (who, as the Joshua Redman Quartet, will play this week at Jazz at the Bistro); and in other settings as well.

Is that kind of year typical for the veteran musician?

‘I’m always pushing myself, and I’m never satisfied,’ he says. ‘Maybe I make things hard on myself in a certain way. But I love playing music. There’s no greater joy. There’s no greater joy than being in the moment and creating something with the musicians and with the audience. That’s a kind of connectedness and, at its best, a sense of belonging and transcendence that’s unmatched.’

Read more of the interview here