13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Four SUPERB Stars! Tenor and soprano sax titan Joshua Redman follows the intensities of the trio-based "Back East" and the "James Farm" quartet with a lovely, lush, swinging, more laid-back and atmospheric orchestra and quartet recording produced by Brad Mehldau who joins the festivities on piano along with Larry Grenadier on bass and Brian Blade on drums. "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" is a lovely, string-laden trip through this classic ballad with Redman soaring above. "Easy Living" starts conventionally, but goes in an angular direction with Redman getting off some intense, declarative phrases. "Adagio" by Johann Sebastian Bach is a stately 'tenor sax/double bass/ brushes on drums' reading that expands the sonic pallet of this classical work. This version of Lennon-McCartney's "Let It Be" turns up the heat considerably in a performance with gospel-like flourishes. And perhaps, best of all, Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" becomes a smoldering vehicle for Redman's soprano sax, "Stardust" gets the boss tenor reading, and the gradual intensity of "Last Glimpse of Gotham" has strings used quite effectively and adventurously. This recording is quite a change from recent Joshua Redman outings and could become a romantic evening and late night favorite. Very Definitely Recommended. Four LOVELY Stars! (12 tracks; time: ~57:42)
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
I had high hopes for Joshua Redman but I am beginning to loose patience. Technically he is a very good musician but he has not delivered yet. I know he is no Lester Young or John Coltrane but I was expecting better than this. Joshua's playing is good but the arrangements on this set are too messy. Lush life was ruined by being done at a fast tempo! On top of it they added strings on some of the tracks. Result? The whole thing sounds like a supermarket thing.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
To much strings, not enough sax, my view but strings do not make good jazz, I have loved everything else JR has done.