Joshua Redman

Among the premier jazz artists of his generation (he turned 40 earlier this month), saxophonist Joshua Redman has enjoyed both critical and popular success thanks to the sense of élan that permeates his alluring tone and his willingness to coax listeners along as he ventures into fresh intrigues. His new album, Compass (Nonesuch), picks up and carries forward on the inspiration for his last, Back East, a trio project in the spirit of Sonny Rollins's landmark Way Out West. But this time Redman works with a double-trio (two drummers, two bassists) in a variety of configurations that seem to unleash a fluid energy streaming luxuriously through the supple rhythms as well as Redman's particularly lithe playing. From delicate ballads like "Little Ditty" to swinging workouts like "Hitchhiker's Guide" and even the fluttery, Eastern-tinged "Ghost," the music sparkles like the unleashed current of a springtime creek. Redman and his bandmates wrote all the tunes on Compass except for a lovely, meditative arrangement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." Half the double-trio will be on tour with Redman: bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. $40 at 7 p.m.; $28 at 9:30 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays. Starts: March 2. Continues through March 3, 2009

 
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