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SF Jazz Collective

  • 1. Lingala
    2. Peace
    3. Of This Day's Journey
    4. When Will the Blues Leave
    5. Rise and Fall
    6. Una Muy Bonita
    7. March Madness
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79866

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Cressman; Joshua Redman; Jeff Cressman; Joshua Redman
    EngineerJeff Cressman

    SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zendon (flute, alto saxophone); Joshua Redman (alto saxophone); Robert Hurst (double bass); Josh Roseman, Nicholas Payton, Renee Rosnes, Gil Goldstein, Bobby Hutcherson, Brian Blade.
    Personnel: Miguel Zenn (flute, alto saxophone); Joshua Redman (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Josh Roseman (trombone); Renee Rosnes (piano); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba); Brian Blade (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jeff Cressman.
    Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
    Recording information: 03/2004-04/2004.
    Photographers: Jay Blakesberg; Sven Wiederholt; Sung Lee.
    Arranger: Gil Goldstein.
    The SF Jazz Collective is a group assembled under the auspices of saxophonist Joshua Redman during his tenure as the artistic director of the Bay Area, non-profit organization SFJAZZ. With funding from SFJAZZ, Redman put together an octet of younger, high-profile players including himself, alto saxophonist/flutist Miguel Zenon, pianist Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Nicolas Payton, trombonist Josh Roseman, drummer Brian Blades, and bassist Robert Hurst. The kicker here is the inclusion of legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, one of the most adventurous and distinctive voices on the instrument since the 1960s. While the results of all-star group endeavors can sometimes be dicey, that is not the case here, as this magnificent live recording proves.
    The program features several originals, including Rosnes's rhythmically-free, mid-tempo exploration "Of This Day's Journey," Redman's shape-shifting "Rise and Fall," and Hutcherson's sprightly free bop workout "March Madness." The ensemble's penchant for adventurous phrasing and rhythmic and harmonic freedom is mirrored in their choice of three Ornette Coleman compositions: the gorgeous, off-kilter "Peace," the uptempo swing of "When Will the Blues Leave," and the whimsically expressionistic "Una Muy Bonita." Superb arrangements by Gil Goldstein put the crowning touch on this first rate session. In short, everything works together--the writing, the playing, the group chemistry--to equal an exceptional modern jazz recording.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he collective's scope and lineup are hard to match....Goldstein manages to cut to the essence of each piece and revoice it in a way that lets the beauty and logic of the composition shine through..."
    JazzTimes (pp.89-90) - "These are true arrangements where a theme is introduced, altered, pitted against a second theme, supplanted by a third theme, and later revived by different instrumentation."
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