Joshua Redman – Still Dreaming - with Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


Joshua Redman – one of the best known saxophonists in the world- evokes memories of the landmark group that featured his father Dewey back in the 70s and 80s, Old and New Dreams, which in turn re-united key alumni of the early bands of a genuine jazz game-changer, Ornette Coleman. With a repertoire that combines freshly minted originals alongside music from the Old and New Dreams legacy, Still Dreaming features trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley, and the brilliant drummer Brian Blade, three of the most imaginative voices in contemporary jazz. Perfect foils for Redman Jr who explores his own heritage in fine style adding a new perspective to a continuum of jazz history, and summoning up the spirits of his father, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and of course, Ornette himself, in music that remains honest, uninhibited and completely engaging in its unpredictable live execution.

Redman told the Boston Globe that Old and New Dreams 'were able to play very free, and at times abstract, thorny music. But at the same time there was a folk quality—whether a connection to the blues, or with African music, or with very powerful, simple melodies. Their music had a vulnerability and a poignant lyricism. That balance was something very special.' He continued, 'It's not our mission to go back and rediscover some Golden Age. I'm hoping this is a band that has a lot of future ahead'

  • ‘ 'There’s a naked intensity and raw spontaneity about the playing, each band member navigating an inspired route through the open-ended harmonies, deep blues inflections and freed-up instrumental roles of early acoustic-era Ornette.' ’
  • ‘ 'A cohesion of elastic risk and reason. Redman's latest exploration is a delight. One of the most accomplished and versatile players on the saxophone scene, his attention to melody and exquisite soloing abilities through salient motivic saturation is breathtaking.' ’
    (All About Jazz)

Saxophonist Duncan Eagles plays a trio set opposite Redman’s Still Dreaming band.  Recently signed to leading independent US label Ropeadope – a measure of his increasing international profile – this performance coincides with the release of his first recording for the label, Citizen.

Fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene