The Struggle Continues
Label: Ecm Records
While the struggle no longer continues for master Redman, who passed in September 2006, the album title is apropos for all jazz musicians whose life is devoted to the music. Though this great tenor sax man was commonly pigeonholed as a "free" player and later known mostly as the father of Joshua, this very welcome reissue lays bare and bountiful the great breadth and lyrical beauty of Dewey's craft. In quartet with ebullient drummer Ed Blackwell, pianist Charles Eubanks and bassist Mark Helias, Redman and band rock a set of originals encompassing ballads, bounce, blues and bebop. Great jazz.