Compass Not only do tenor saxo phonist Joshua Redman and President Obama share an alma mater, they actually spent the same years (1988–1991) on the Harvard… Compass Not only do tenor saxo phonist Joshua Redman and President Obama share an alma mater, they actually spent the same years (1988–1991) on the Harvard… 2009-01-13 Joshua Redman Jazz
Music Review

Compass (2009)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 13, 2009; Lead Performance: Joshua Redman; Genre: Jazz

Not only do 
tenor saxo
phonist Joshua Redman and President Obama share an alma mater, they actually spent the same years (1988–1991) on the Harvard campus. Compass, Redman's 14th disc, suggests another similarity: Both have added a youthful spark to 
venerable institutions and gracefully leapfrogged their peers. Still, this album is less focused than its predecessor, Back East. Redman employs two rhythm sections here, sometimes simultaneously in a chimeric "double trio" format. His tone carries the weight and grandeur of fine marble, but sometimes the disc's lengthy array of tunescapes is a reminder that less is more. B+

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Originally posted Jan 21, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints