Walking Shadows

Walking Shadows

by Joshua Redman


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Joshua Redman's 2013 album, Walking Shadows, is a lush orchestral album featuring the saxophonist backed by a large symphonic ensemble. From Charlie Parker's string recordings in the '50s, to Miles Davis' large-ensemble recordings with Gil Evans in the '60s, to Wynton Marsalis' 1984 album Hot House Flowers, there is a long tradition of jazz musicians framing themselves in the warm, classical tones of a string orchestra. Here, Redman positions himself within this continuum with an album that frames his articulate, harmonically sophisticated saxophone style with immaculately produced arrangements from Dan Coleman, Patrick Zimmerli, and pianist Brad Mehldau. Mehldau also appears here as a member of Redman's quartet alongside bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. These are some of the most nuanced, lyrical, and romantic recordings Redman has ever produced. Tracks like his opening take on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger's "Easy Living" have a sweeping, cinematic quality that one could easily imagine as the soundtrack to classic film noir. Redman also includes a few of his compositions, including the ruminative "Final Hour" and the torchy "Let Me Down Easy," which perfectly balance his vocal-like saxophone melodies and roiling John Coltrane-influenced improvisations. While most of the album centers around the orchestral arrangements, some tracks -- like Redman's cover of John Mayer's "Stop This Train" and the Beatles' "Let It Be" -- are ruminative small-group tracks that should appeal to listeners who enjoyed his quartet side project James Farm. Ultimately, Walking Shadows is a mature, sophisticated album that can stand head to head with the best orchestral jazz albums of any decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2013
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597960938
catalogNumber: 532288
Rank: 141641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Redman   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brian Blade   Drums
Robert Carlisle   French Horn
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Ann Leathers   Violin
Brad Mehldau   Piano,Vibes,Tubular Bells
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Laura Frautschi   Concert Master
Avril Brown   Violin
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Dan Coleman   Conductor
Daniel Panner   Viola
Timothy Cobb   Bass
Christina Courtin   Violin
Dov Scheindlin   Viola
Courtney Orlando   Violin
Eugene Moye   Cello
Vincent Lionti   Viola
Joanna Maurer   Violin
Katherine Livolsi-Landau   Violin
Ellen Westermann   Cello

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Joshua Redman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
James Farber   Engineer,Additional Production
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Brad Mehldau   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Pino Palladino   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Patrick Zimmerli   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Kazu Makino   Composer
Dan Coleman   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements,Additional Production
John Mayer   Composer
Charlie Kramsky   Recording Assistant
Simone Maria Pace   Composer
Claire Dorn   Cover Photo
Amedeo Maria Pace   Composer

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