From its inception, the Blue Note label has stood for “the finest in jazz.” The same can be said of Joshua Redman, whom many consider to be the greatest jazz saxophonist of his generation. Over the past three decades, the musician, composer, and bandleader has consistently demonstrated how to honor the music’s verities while expanding its reach in contemporary settings. On where are we, Redman’s first recording as a Blue Note artist, he delivered one of his most challenging and compelling albums to date, built around dynamic vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa, cowinner of the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.
Redman calls where are we “a meditation on America and the power and importance of place.” The album references songs with geographical locations in their titles including Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Count Basie’s “Going to Chicago,” Rodgers and Hart’s “Manhattan,” and John Coltrane’s “Alabama.”
A Bay Area native born and raised in Berkeley, California, Redman is the son of renowned saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he deferred his admission to Yale Law School for one year so that he could indulge his passion for making music. Five months after his arrival in New York City, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, which marked the beginning of what would become an illustrious career that has spanned nearly three decades.
Redman has released more than 20 albums, which have earned him ten Grammy nominations. A perennial favorite among critics’ and readers’ polls alike, he has worked with other prominent musicians, including jazz legends McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, and Herbie Hancock; popular music artists Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, the Rolling Stones, the Roots, and Dave Matthews Band; and classical music luminary Yo-Yo Ma.
More info about the band can be found on Joshua Redman's website.