Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The New York Times has an article from Ben Ratliff, covering the Dewey Redman memorial concert: "Few jazz musicians these days have so much X factor in them, some quality that lies outside of technical discipline, harmonic scholarliness, high concept or compositional skill. Mr. Redman was never a master of improvising through chord changes in the traditional sense. But first in the late 1960s as Ornette Coleman’s tenor player, later in groups with Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden and finally as a bandleader himself, he made it clear that he had a natural, communicative power to engage and provoke."

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