September 6 , 2006
The passing of saxophonist Dewey Redman
ECM and the jazz community mourn the loss of Dewey Redman, who passed away September 2.
The New York Times obituary which appeared September 4 includes the following:
“Dewey Redman, the expansive and poetic tenor saxophonist and band leader who had been at the aesthetic frontiers of jazz since the 1960’s, died on Saturday in Brooklyn. He was 75.
His playing always kept a rawness, a willingness to play outside tonality, a closeness to the blues and above all a powerful sound: an expressive, dark-toned, vocalized expression that he could apply in any situation.
Beginning in 1971, he spent five years off and on with a band known to historians as Keith Jarrett’s American quartet, which included Mr. Jarrett, Mr. Haden and the drummer Paul Motian.
Old and New Dreams was a quartet of mainstays from different Coleman bands: Mr. Redman, Mr. Haden, Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell.”
ECM is very proud to have had the opportunity to record the artistry of Mr. Redman on the following recordings:
The Survivor’s Suite
Recorded April 1976
Eyes of the Heart
Recorded May 1976
Old and New Dreams
Recorded August 1979
Old And New Dreams
Recorded June 1980
Recorded May 1980
Dewey Redman Quartet
The Struggle Continues
Recorded January 1982
ECM 1225 (currently not available)
The Ballad Of The Fallen
Recorded November 1982