The musical career of Joshua Redman has been nothing less than phenomenal. Since his startling advent onto the scene a mere four years ago, Joshua has garnered more critical acclaim and attracted more popular attention than any new jazz artist of the past decade. His Grammy-nominated first album, Joshua Redman, and his follow-up effort Wish, were both released in 1993, and now Mood Swing, his eagerly anticipated third album has arrived, offering further evidence of Joshua's ever-expanding talents as a saxophonist, band leader, and composer.
TIME Magazine compares Redman to a young Sonny Rollins, noting his fearless improvisational skill and mature melodic sense.
Redman was born in Berkeley, California in 1969, the son of saxophonist Dewey Redman. He was the Valedictorian of his high school class, and went on to graduate summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. He was set to go on to Law School at Yale, but decided to give life as a musician a chance. Not a bad decision. He has been named Jazz Times Readers Poll's Best New Artist(1992 and 1993), Rolling Stone's Hot Jazz Artist (1993), Down Beat Critics Poll's #1 Tenor Saxophone (1993 and 1994); Rolling Stone Critics Poll Jazz Artist of the Year 1994; Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (1994); and DownBeat Critics Poll #1 Jazz Artist of the Year (1994).
His quartet includes Peter Martin, piano; Chris Thomas, bass; and Brian Blade, drums.