JOSHUA REDMAN is an acclaimed US tenor sax man who’s currently putting the finishing touches to a new album, ‘Where We Are’ – his first release on the iconic Blue Note label. (art work above)
The label tells us that the long player is a musical journey across the United States of America and to that end will include versions of classic “place name songs” like Jimmy Webb’s ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ and we’ve also learned that ‘Where We Are’ will be Redman’s first vocal album and to get the flavour, ‘Chicago Blues’ has just been released as the album-heralding single.
The song is a mash-up of Count Basie’s ‘Goin’ to Chicago’ and Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Chicago’. The new Redman amalgam is a gentle, haunting affair with Gabrielle Cavassa taking the vocal originally sung by the legendary Jimmy Rushing. The pianist is Aaron Parks, the bassist Joe Sanders and Brian Blade is the drummer. The cut is garnished with a delightful vibraphone solo from Joel Ross.
Joshua Redman’s Chicago Blues’ is available to stream/download now. The ‘Where We Are’ is released on September 15th.