The charismatic jazz saxophonist plays the music of three giants of jazz. Redman’s new 3×3 project emerged in part from his COVID-19 pandemic experience. Literally on his way to the airport for a three-week tour of Europe when the world shut down in March 2020, the saxophonist found himself in the unprecedented situation of not being able to make music with another human being for over six months.
“When I finally started getting together occasionally with folks for outdoor jam sessions,” he recalls, “the approach was predictably casual: ‘Let’s just play some tunes.’ Naturally, a lot of the tunes that were called were ones written by Duke, Monk, or Wayne.” He views the canonical contributions of these musical masters as key-way stations in his own artistic development. “The beauty and genius of Duke, Monk, and Wayne is that their compositions beg no ‘reinvention.’ They are so cogent and complete and yet so broadly malleable and interpretable just as they are . Of course, I’m not promising I won’t throw in a few of my own originals or original arrangements from time to time. It’s jazz. It’s improvisation. We go with the flow!”