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Compass [CD]

Joshua Redman, Yaya3 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B001L5J5CM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Using Sonny Rollins' 1957 album, Way Out West, as a basis for his 2007 album Back East, saxophonist Joshua Redman expanded the idea of the jazz three-piece. Redman calls its follow-up, Compass, "a further exploration of the trio format . . . an expansion on, and an extension of Back East." And he's not wrong. At times, it is a dazzling album of considerable artistry. With an experienced supporting team - bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson, Redman stretches the players ever further, fronting both rhythm sections and, on five of the tracks here, performing with the entire line-up in a double-trio configuration.

The extreme nature of some of the playing is always brought back to the melody line with Redman's innate sense of commercialism; we go from the relative calm of Uncharted to the free runs of Faraway and the increasingly fraught melancholy of Just Like You (one of the recordings with both trios) and back again with relative ease. The album's originals are complemented by the extemporisation of Moonlight, based on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata which beats at the album's often sad and unsettled core. Bleak, emotional and full of gravity, Compass is the sort of serious-minded album that gives jazz in 2009 a very good name. --Daryl Easlea

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Joshua Redman Compass

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joshua Redman Compass 10 May 2010
By A. Zona
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After the beautiful 2007 Back East, here again a strong release of pure and demanding acoustic jazz from Joshua Redman. The sound appears that of a sax, bass and drums trio, but the players are three in just 6 of the 13 tracks, in two tracks there are two basses and one drummer, in five tracks two basses and two drums! The musicians accompanying Joshua are bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers, drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson. As in Back East, despite the various combinations of players, there is a strong consistency and never the feeling of a collection of different sessions. All original compositions, except for a really moving interpretation of the slow movement from the Beethoven Moonlight piano sonata. Amazing interactions between bassists and drummers create compelling layers of sounds, perfect ground for the more than ever unrestrained tenor and soprano saxes of this mature and confident saxophonist. Not immediately entertaining as his earlier releases or his soul-funk Elastic Band, darker and more complex than his previous release Back East, this is an advanced and challenging work for jazz lovers only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool! Jazz. 23 April 2009
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Beautifully recorded melodic jazz record, great tunes (all instrumental) and well played. If you like 'Kind of Blue' type jazz, then this will suit down to the ground.

Could be used as nice background music for parties,though Mr Redman would probably hate me for saying that! Try listening with good quality headphones, so you can hear the nuances of the quiet passages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class modern tenor sax player 5 Oct 2012
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Really like him and this album.Very modern without being too avant garde.Worth the money might try more of his stuff based on this experience
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tough going, circus music 28 Dec 2009
By Xandad
Format:Audio CD
This is a well recorded album with some great playing frustratingly sandwiched between other stuff I found unlistenable., Far from a cool melodic sound the compositions were very skeletal bases for skilled, but for me, disjointed, uncommunicative improvisation (I don't rate the basic melodies that highly either!). I guess I can't understand jazz as this cd has received excellent reviews. I bought this cd on the basis of Redman's work on Me'shell Ndegeocello's Spirit Music album as well as Brian Blade's work with the Fellowship and the Wayne Shorter quartet, Larry Grenadier with Brad Mehldau etc. I don't think those are exactly easy listening albums, but this is a more challenging listen. I tried to appreciate it, the playing's very skilled, but frankly I think I'll be giving up on this one soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars His most natural and spontaneous. 15 Jan 2009
By starschaser - Published on Amazon.com
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Inspired by Sonny Rollins's "Way Out West", he first explored the saxophone-bass-drums trio format on "Back East" in 2007, but goes a step further here on a set that features bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers, and drummers Gregory Hutchinson and Brian Blade, in combinations that include regular trio (six tracks), a quartet with two basses (two tracks), and all five players (five tracks).
As Redman himself says, "Common sense was telling me to stay away, that it had the makings of a big mess. All that bass and drums could end up sounding muddy, clumsy, directionless, unfocused.
But my imagination kept leading me back to this idea, and, at a certain point, I decided it was worth a try".
According to Joshua Eedman, his new album is "a further exploration of the trio format... an expansion on, and an extension of Back East".
And he's not wrong. At times, it is a dazzling album of considerable artistry. With an experienced supporting team, he stretches the players ever further, fronting both rhythm sections and, on five of the tracks here, performing with the entire line-up in a double-trio configuration.
The resulting album is possibly Redman's best to date.
It is the most spontaneous of Redman's recordings, with a disciplined but freewheeling sense of adventurous interaction that is sometimes missing on his more carefully structured earlier projects.
It's certainly his most natural and relaxed-sounding, an outcome explained by his determination, pre-recording, to "embrace ... the unfamiliar" by eschewing careful preparation and rigid planning and telling himself just to "get in the studio and see how it goes".
Here he sets his sights on all points of the titular compass, exploring a dazzling range of registers, idioms and moods in the course of an exciting and inventive disc.
The music is all original, other than a delicate exploration of Beethoven's Moonlight theme from the piano sonata of that name.
The album's immediate attraction is its loose, fresh informality, a spontaneous and sparky liveliness that is in some measure attributable to the sheer skill of the participants, but also to said approach.
Redman has never sounded better, his tone sure but intensely personal, and in Blade and Hutchinson he has two of the most sensitive drummers in contemporary jazz, plus two eloquently propulsive bassists in Grenadier and Rogers.
The likes of "Identity Thief" and "Just Like You" are pumped up, while his reading on on Beethoven's Moonlight is sweetly subtle and "Little Ditty" downright exquisite.
Freer than much of Redman's previous work, "Compass" is none the less tight and vigorous for that, and comes highly recommended.
"Bleak, emotional and full of gravity, Compass is the sort of serious-minded album that gives jazz in 2009 a very good name". - BBC
Way Out West
Back East
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, full of depth and mastery 24 Jan 2009
By Pika Pika - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I just heard these 5 men play most of this album live, and let me tell you, it was absolutely fabulous. To say that these guys are virtuosos, masters at the craft would not tell you enough about how deep these tunes go. They've enveloped generations of tradition and made something wholly unique. This is the kind of meta-syncopated expression that a die-hard fan lives for. Granted, it's not for everybody -- most Jazz isn't -- but that's really not the point. It's for me, and for many others. The ovation at the show was astounding. This is what they played.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what you want it to be 7 Feb 2009
By Heavy Theta - Published on Amazon.com
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The formal reviews of this album generally don't fail to mention a comparison to Sonny Rollins' leaner recordings of the 50's. Maybe so, but what first struck me were the subtle composition, careful interplay and, especially, the haunting sonics that for the world give the impression of the classic early ECM catalogue. This is moody rather than rapturous stuff, even for all it's show of virtuoso blowing, but mainly truly excellent. Quietly adventurous, and not the least derivitive, Joshua seems to be looking forward, not back.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compass a CD in line with Redmans earlier work 22 Mar 2009
By Karl Moosmann - Published on Amazon.com
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With the purchase of his 1996 release, "Freedom in the groove", I came across Joshua Redman. Having been impressed by his virtuosity and the groovy, swinging style of the Saxophone he plays I kept on purchasing his works - meanwhile I own 5 CD's. So far my favourite has been "Passage of Time" for it carries a youthful "why bother" kind of attitude that appeals in an optimistic and positive way. Maybe I should also mention that I had a chance to see him perform some of the songs from this album live during a saxophone night at the Zeltfestival in Freiburg - which was just a great experience.

With "Compass" there is a real challenge for the number 1 position. Maybe because of Redmans co - musicians Hutchison and Rogers, who also play on "Passage of time". The harmonies here are just overwhelming. For one Redmans playing seems to have somewhat immensely matured. His virtuousity shines bright as ever, the optimistic undertone is still there but emotionally there is a new quality. The harmonies are awesome in places and in pieces like "Ghost" they appear philosophical, if not melancholical. Melodies on this CD range from almost majestic / archaic in "Insomnomaniac" crossing serene / thoughtful in "Unchartered" to swinging playfulness in "Faraway".

Although with the first listen, I tended to miss the piano / keyboards, the concept of having two bass lines and two drum sets playing enriches some of the pieces of music immensely, especially noticeable with "Identity thief" and "March".

All in all the album is a true Joshua Redman set of works. Yet it carries a variability that to me seems to be a new quality in his musical works. Not just at the level of musicianship but at the emotional level, that drives his playing. To me this is not just as good as "Passage of time" - it is the graduation ceremony after a long journey through various musical landscapes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great meditative set 30 July 2012
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
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I wonder if the people that are hating on this album also don't like Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."
It appears that the Marsalis family has contaminated so much of the opinions of jazz folk today. They approach listening to jazz like listening to a symphony or concerto.
The best option is to be able to hear this double trio live. However, for those that are not able this is an acceptable substitute. The tunes on this disc are good and the interplay between the members is interesting.
I wouldn't say this should be your first Redman disc, but for those that enjoy his playing I would say it is a must have.
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