Houston Press’s Jesse Sendejas Jr. spoke with saxophonist Joshua Redman in an extensive conversation about his new 3×3 project, a trio celebrating the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter. Redman performs on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 as part of DACAMERA’s Houston SUMMERJAZZ weekend.
“I think not what sets them apart, but certainly what they all share in common is their compositions are so memorable and also simultaneously so personal, in the sense that for each of them I feel like if you hear one of their songs you almost know it’s them, they put their own very, very unique, personal identity and unique musical perspective and voice into all their compositions,” says Redman. “But there’s also a universality that they all have. The way they write their music, it’s deeply personal, it could only be written by them, but somehow their personal perspective speaks across eras, across generations, even across different stylistic approaches.”