Still Dreaming (album)

Still Dreaming is a studio album by American jazz musician Joshua Redman.[7] The album was recorded with Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass, and Brian Blade on drums, and released on 25 May 2018 via Nonesuch label. The album is inspired by Joshua Redman's father Dewey Redman's 1976–1987 band, Old and New Dreams.[8] The record consist of eight compositions of which six are originals written by bandmembers.

Still Dreaming
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Studio album by
Released25 May 2018
Recorded2–3 April 2017
StudioSear Sound, NYC
GenreJazz
Length39:59
LabelNonesuch
ProducerJoshua Redman
Joshua Redman chronology
Nearness
(2016)
Still Dreaming
(2018)
Come What May
(2019)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Arts Desk3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
The Times4/5 stars[5]
Tom HullB+[6]

ReceptionEdit

Rob Adams of The Herald stated "The approach is free-spirited but with each player bringing logic, shape, hunger and direction to a style drawing on folk, blues and gospel influences".[9] Geanine Reid of all About Jazz wrote "Redman's latest exploration is a delight. One of the most accomplished and versatile players on the saxophone scene, his attention to melody and exquisite soloing abilities through salient motivic saturation is breathtaking".[1]

John Fordham of The Guardian mentioned "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".[4] Matt Collar of AllMusic added "On his buoyant 2018 album Still Dreaming, Joshua Redman evokes the spirit of his late father, saxophonist Dewey Redman (who died in 2006), and the elder Redman's adventurous work with longtime friend and bandleader Ornette Coleman".[2]

Walter Tunis of Lexington Herald-Leader stated "It all makes for a jazz adventure that begs for repeated listening. The more you tune in, the more you hear the present day curators of a sublime jazz legacy forging its music into something unmistakably new".[10]

Rolling Stone included the release in its 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018 list, ranking it #20.[11]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."New Year"Scott Colley6:37
2."Unanimity"Redman5:09
3."Haze and Aspirations"Scott Colley5:57
4."It's Not the Same"Redman2:46
5."Blues for Charlie"Redman6:50
6."Playing"Charlie Haden3:17
7."Comme Il Faut"Ornette Coleman3:27
8."The Rest"Redman5:56
Total length:39:59

PersonnelEdit

Band

  • Joshua Redman – liner notes, producer, sax (tenor)
  • Brian Blade – drums
  • Scott Colley – bass
  • Ron Miles – cornet

Production

  • Jon Brown – band photo
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • James Farber– associate producer, engineer
  • John Gall – design
  • Robert Hurwitz – executive producer
  • Hans Jörgen Johansen – cover photo
  • Owen Mulholland – assistant engineer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Reid, Geannine (June 24, 2018). "Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming". All About Jazz. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Joshua Redman / Brad Mehldau Nearness". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ Scotney, Sebastian (20 February 2019). "Joshua Redman Still Dreaming, Barbican review - world-class quartet". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (8 June 2018). "Jazz CD of the month: Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: Still Dreaming review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ Pearson, Chris (1 June 2018). "Jazz review: Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming". The Times. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Joshua Redman". Tom Hull. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ Chinen, Nat (May 17, 2018). "Joshua Redman, 'Still Dreaming,' Pays Emotional Tribute To His Father". NPR. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Nonesuch Releases "Still Dreaming," featuring Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, on May 25". Nonesuch Records. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  9. ^ Adams, Rob (9 June 2018). "Album review: Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming". The Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ TUNIS, WALTER (May 21, 2018). "Jazzman Joshua Redman's new album: The more you tune in, the more you hear". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  11. ^ Shteamer, Hank (12 December 2018). "20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 February 2020.