Credit where it’s due, over the last few years the Wellington Jazz Quartet has brought out at least one great act every year, often more – but the headliner/s have not disappointed, that’s for sure. And so it was with Joshua Redman a couple of years back.
Look, truth be told, I wasn’t that much of a fan – although I’d heard plenty of his stuff and knew he was good, but early on his playing had too much of the touch of cheese about it (friggin’ covering Tears in Heaven ffs) but recent years he’s just stepped up and up, across a range of disciplines/styles too – classical, jazz, solo, trio, quartet, orchestra.
And there’s been more great music from him since.
It’s funny how it works sometimes. If he hadn’t played NZ (and at that particular time and with the chance to interview him meaning I had to study up) I’d probably still be writing him off a tad. No chance of that now. He impressed the hell out of me with that performance and across no fewer than a half-dozen releases in the last 3-4 years.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.