Europe Jazz Network
photo: Jonathan Saunders
From his first gig, in a
Baptist Church, to high school and Prairie View A&M
University, playing march, concert and swing music, on through
various rhythm and blues and jazz groups, Dewey Redman
has achieved high respect and gained prominence in the music
world. Dewey left a teaching career and weekend gig for full-rime
duty as a musician. Finding San Francisco with a thriving jazz
community, he settled down for a while, studying, playing and
gaining needed experience for the ultimate trip to New York.
Pharoah Sanders, Rafael Garrett and Monte Waters, with whom he
co-led a big band, writing and arranging original music, were
among many musicians he knew and worked with in San Francisco.
During this period he recorded his first album, Look for the
Black Star, still being sold today. After coming to New York,
Dewey was re-acquainted with Ornette
Coleman, an old high school friend. Coleman recognized
Redman's talent, and a four year association began. While on a
European tour with Coleman, Redman recorded his 2nd album Tarik
(1969), named for his newborn son. Many other albums were made
After Coleman, Dewey was featured with Keith Jarrett's Group.
Displaying his versatility and adapting to an altogether
different concept, Dewey gave the trust that made Keith's group
one of the top groups playing. More traveling and recording many
albums with Keith gave Dewey even wider exposure and more
Dewey Redman also found time to play and record with the Jazz
Composers Orchestra - albums with Carla Bley,
Leroy Jenkins, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, Charlie
Haden and others.
During the mid-70s, Dewey Redman, as a leader, also recorded two
albums for ABC-Impulse: The Ear of the Behearer and
Coincide. Recent albums are Playing with Old And
New Dreams (both on ECM), two albums for Galaxy, Musics
and Sound Sign.
Again on ECM The Struggle Continues with his present
quartet. Dewey Redman is one of the most exciting artists around,
and leads one of the most dynamic groups. He and his group have
been well received, and critically acclaimed throughout the
U.S.A. (especially New York City), Canada and Europe.
Perhaps, the key to Deweys artistry is his versatility.
Being able to adapt, execute and communicate different styles,
moods and tempos is a unique talent itself. A prime example of
this is the way he plays the Musette (a small mid-east and North
African instrument). The exotic sounds that come forth have
garnered Dewey much praise from his peers as well as public, for
his brilliant work on this instrument. Of special interest is the
way Dewey uses his voice while at the same time playing the
saxophone. The original concept was first expressed on his first
album, (Look for the Black Star) and remains today a unique tool
of his strong personal expression. Listening to Dewey Redman is
hearing a consummate artist in his prime, whose message is clear,
masterful and dynamic.
Biography courtesy of Saudades