The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
For today, it’s The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. Again.
I can’t get enough of, or say enough good about TBP alone, and their collaboration with Redman truly represents what I love about improvised music. This music is as much about the performers as it is the composer. Their dialogue within the framework of each song is where the good stuff happens.
It’s all for love. I love pop and rock and many other styles of music, and am nowhere near being an expert in these matters. I do know that music is no longer valued in much of mainstream culture.
And, while I too revere our lost legends of jazz/improvised music, and have spent a lot of time discovering recordings from the 50’s and 60’s and onward, there is a whole new generation of musicians making incredible music today that are deserving of our attention. Jazz (as broad a category as any) is not for historians or old dudes – though this is a common view held by many. It’s an integral part of our culture’s history and remains vital today. These folks continue to explore the ground between tradition and innovation, and are as dedicated, adventurous and skilled as any of those craftsmen we currently elevate in mainstream culture.
Ok, so it takes more effort. Yes. We have to participate in order to connect with this music, but as with any art the rewards for engaging are great. Perhaps our recent plague of convenience has left us without the tools to engage.
Alright, enough of me. This is remarkable music, and worthy of your time.
Of course, it should be experienced live, but in the meantime we have our flac files. I’ve not been able to find any of their records on vinyl yet. Maybe one day.