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SFJAZZ Collective 2

Wednesday, Apr 12 2006
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Saxophonist Joshua Redman hopes to build his legacy by mainstreaming the music of the jazz adventurers of the '50s and '60s. For his sophomore recording with the SFJAZZ Collective, a repertory ensemble sponsored by SFJAZZ — one of the nation's top producers of world-class concerts based in San Francisco — he takes on the legendary John Coltrane. With a split program of classic 'Trane tracks and original pieces, the album also aims to showcase ambitious compositions by the group's younger members. But despite its good intentions, this follow-up to last year's off-the-mark Ornette Coleman tribute also comes up short. The only memorable titles are trumpeter Nicholas Payton's "Scrambled Eggs," a somewhat fiery tune with beautifully sculpted noisy parts, and Gil Goldstein's multi-dimensional arrangement of 'Trane's expansive "Africa," which strikes a fitting balance between visionary and earthy. Otherwise, SFJAZZ Collective delivers mundane new works and insipid covers of some of the genre's greatest music — which does little to promote either Redman or Coltrane's contributions to posterity.

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