Joshua Redman Elastic Band - Momentum

Joshua Redman Elastic Band - Momentum
Duration:
57:31
Release Date:
May 24, 2005
Genre:
Styles:
Jazz-Funk, Post-Bop, Fusion, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Recording Location:
Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ; Chez DiazBoothe; Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Schway Sound; Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY; Studio Yaya
Album:
Momentum

Once again featuring the expansive keyboard talents of Sam Yahel, saxophonist Joshua Redman's Momentum features more of the '70s-influenced jazz the former "young lion" experimented with on 2002's Elastic. Bringing to mind works by such iconic artists as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and especially Eddie Harris, Redman digs into sundry groove-oriented tracks such as the driving and punchy "Sweet Nasty," which finds Yahel and Redman soloing hard over drummer Jeff Ballard's James Brown-ready dance beat. Interestingly, Redman conscribes some heavy sidemen to help stir the funk this time around with bassists Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and jazz-pop iconoclast Me'Shell NdegéOcello adding their signature styles to their respective tracks. Similarly, Roots drummer ?uestlove, drummer Brian Blade, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkle contribute much with appearances here. However, it is organist Yahel who sets the musical tone for the whole album, adding in bubbly ambient synth sounds, clavinet, and Rhodes piano throughout. With all these talents at Redman's disposal it is disappointing that Momentum isn't more adventurous. When set next to such classics of '70s funk as Davis' On the Corner or Hancock's Head Hunters, Redman's album is just too polite and controlled to really live up to such comparisons. Also, the album relies a bit too heavily on in-studio gimmickry such as when trumpeter Nicholas Payton -- who also released his own paean to '70s fusion with Sonic Trance -- solos with himself overdubbed like a trumpet section on "Put It in Your Pocket." The result ultimately comes off as cheesy and gives the impression of a premeditated improvisation rather than a free flow of ideas. It is also unfortunate that some of the best cuts on the disc like the frenetic and angular "Showtime" are merely short interludes that are never fully developed. Momentum may loose some steam as it goes along, but with such talents on board it is still a fun and funky ride.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Soundcheck / Joshua Redman / Sam YahelJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman1:26
Sweet Nasty / Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman6:20
Just a Moment / Brian Blade / Joshua Redman / Sam YahelJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman1:21
Shut Your Mouth / Sam YahelJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman5:37
The Crunge / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Jimmy Page / Robert PlantJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman2:38
Riverwide / Sheryl CrowJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman6:20
Greasy G / Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman4:35
Lonely Woman / Ornette ColemanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman6:11
Swunk / Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman8:15
Blowing Changes / Brian Blade / Joshua Redman / Sam YahelJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman2:10
Double Jeopardy / Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman4:41
Put It in Your Pocket / Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman6:51
Showtime / Joshua Redman / Sam YahelJoshua Redman Elastic Band feat: Joshua Redman1:06