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Elastic [Enhanced]

Joshua Redman, Yaya3Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000069DIX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Jazz Crimes
3. The Long Way Home
4. Oumou
5. Still Pushin' That Rock
6. Can A Good Thing Last Forever?
7. Boogielastic
8. Unknowing
9. News From The Front
10. Letting Go
11. The Birthday Song
12. The Birthday Song

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Following up their fine 2002 album as the cooperative Yaya3 trio, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, organist Sam Yahel, and drummer Brian Blade reconvene as Joshua Redman's Elastic Band for more soulful grooves and edgy interactions. With Yahel also playing electric piano and synthesizer, the music is more textured and, at times, more fusion-like. As agreeable as the trio's chemistry is--the group has performed on a regular basis at Smalls in New York--you again wish that Redman would be a little less elastic and a little more hard-knuckled. When he takes charge, as on the thrusting "Still Pushin' That Rock," the album comes to life in a way it doesn't when the trio is practicing democracy. Still, this is smart stuff, uncompromising in its own way with structure and harmony, and further evidence of Redman's dedication to avoiding formula. --Lloyd Sachs

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't call it a sell-out... September 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Joshua Redman appeared on the scene in the early 1990's, receiving much critical acclaim as a 'be-bop' revivalist of sorts. Jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny was amongst those who, early on, sang his praises (Metheny also wrote and performed on some of Redman's early records). Those early CDs revealed Joshua Redman to be an extraordinarily gifted (albeit somewhat imitative) tenor sax player with his feet firmly planted in the 'bop' tradition.
But Redman's work of late has been evolving to some degree... which has some jazz critics (and some 'purists') crying foul. They say he has abandoned the straight-ahead 'be-bop' that characterised his first efforts. That may well be true; but to me this is a good thing. After a decade of making records (many of them highly praised) he has already proven he has the jazz 'chops'... so maybe he felt it was time to try something a little different.
On his latest, 'Elastic' he is working with Sam Yahel (piano, keyboards, organ) and jazz drummer extraordinaire, Mr. Brian Blade. Brian Blade alone would be worth the price of admission here. His drumming on 'Elastic' is even more energetic and adventurous than on his own albums. He handles his drum kit like a gladiator... snare drums snap... cymbals sizzle... and the bass drum booms like THUNDER ! Brian Blade doesn't just play his drums... he actually makes them DANCE and SING !
Meanwhile, Sam Yahel's groove-oriented Hammond organ playing keeps things moving along nicely... both on the slow, soulful ballads and also the more up-tempo funk numbers.
As for Joshua Redman, he still displays the same dazzling technique and the rich 'earthy' tone he's become famous for. His saxophone swoops and swirls over the funky grooves laid down by his bandmates Yahel and Blade.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look behind the funk! October 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Because I couldn't decide about giving this album 4 or 5 stars I listened to it very closely. With an album that's pretty funky that's not something I do very often. That kind of music must get to you, without paying too much attention.

Elastic proved that attitude to be wrong. This jazz/funk/fusion-album yields it's hidden secrets when you really start to listen.

Two important reasons for the five stars I decided to give:

1. There's a combination of some of the worlds finest musicians in jazz on this album: Redman, Yahel and Brian Blade (I know there are some other descent musicians on the face of the earth, but they just don't play on this album...). They play together very well, great breaks and accents, shared solo's, drumsolo's in the break etc. For those who miss the bassplayer easily when he's not around: the organ takes over the bassplaying, sometimes sounding like Marcus Miller or T.O.P.

Joshua Redman's playing has two sides: he can be fast and his virtuosity is great but his personal style is a bit slow (by a guitarist that's called a slowhand?). Sometimes that keeps the swing/funk from getting loose. Good or bad? Decide for yourself.

Sam Yahel plays piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes etc. on this album. He really isn't a dull player, wich sometimes happens when there is an organ involved. Where he starts playing, solo or background, there's something good going on. He uses a lot of different sounds.

Brian Blade is maybe the best drummer I've seen play live. He can do almost everything with his drums and he can really fill every space the rythm of a tune gives him. What he does here is a bit different: he's not so very prominently prescent.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT SMOOTH JAZZ!! October 23, 2002
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"Elastic" by the new Joshua Redman trio is not a smooth jazz disc. It has more musicianship and creativity than any smooth jazz collection. Calling this CD smooth jazz is like calling your wife an acquaintance of yours.
I admit, this CD is a departure of what I've come to expect from Redman. Actually, that's not true because one thing that impresses me about Redman is his music is organic and always changing. What I should say is the texture and direction of this CD really surprised me when I first listened to it. Now, three days after I bought it, I've listened to it about a dozen times.
The highlights for me are "Jazz Crimes", "Can a Good Thing Last Forever", and "Still Pushin' That Rock". However, today, I discovered new flourishes, grooves, and nuances in "The Birthday Song" that have made those two tracks my new favorites on the CD. You won't be disappointed if you buy this CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Fresh October 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After purchasing the YaYa3 album I had expected more of the same, soft but swinging grooves. Boy was I wrong. Joshua has taken these three incredible players and created a totally new sound. In fact, I saw him at Virgin Records in Boston the day of the cd release. The band performed for an hour and came back to Boston again three weeks later (which I also saw). The cd is only slightly indicative the power of the live shows. You have to see this band really appreciate the music he's creating. Brian Blade is one of the greatest drummers resources we have as he can move from pure jazz settings to funk to pop. Sam Yahel can lay a bass groove down and dance around it while laying a foundation for the other two to bounce off of. Buy the cd and see the band. And tap your feet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Clocking in at almost 70 minutes, Joshua Redman's Elastic is a sonic tour-de-force that ranks as one of his best. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by DW
3.0 out of 5 stars Hope he made some money on this one
I have known the music of Joshua Redman for bareley a year now. The first disc I thought was excellent. "Beyond"
has depth and energy and drive. Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by Peter Michelsen
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite
I owned this CD since it first came out in 2002. Four years later, I still play it when I go for a long drive or oversea trip. The music is so funky and soulful. Read more
Published on October 6, 2006 by Yio-Ming Liu
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Funk
This is a fantastic jazz album that shows great attempts (successful ones) by Redman and the gang to pioneer some very new ground in a jazz setting. Read more
Published on September 6, 2006 by John Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Redman for president
When my chauffeur Jan is behind the wheel he always plays Redman. One day I aked Jan why? He told me the Redman was the saxman. Later that day he gave me this album. Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by Balkeneinde
5.0 out of 5 stars Look behind the funk!
Because I couldn't decide about giving this album 4 or 5 stars I listened to it very closely. With an album that's pretty funky that's not something I do very often. Read more
Published on October 25, 2005 by A.J.H. Woodcount
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the funky jazz bomb!!!
If you love your jazz funky (and I'm not talking about what they call "smooth Jazz" and radio friendly stuff), then you'll love this one. Read more
Published on July 29, 2005 by Funk Drummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Elastic does it for me!
The first thing I'd like to say is that I've been a Joshua Redman fan from the get go. I have most of his CDs and have even managed to catch him in concert a few times. Read more
Published on July 10, 2005 by Olukayode Balogun
3.0 out of 5 stars While I applaud Redman's desire to reinvent, the end product
disappoints. I've seen him live and he can improvise with the best of them. So why does this disc feel like sophisticated noodling. Read more
Published on March 18, 2005 by lee morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Wow indeed. I have no apprehension in declaring this one of the best jazz albums in 20 years. In this current era (or lack of one) in jazz right now, it's refreshing to see a... Read more
Published on October 11, 2004 by Spencer Finnan
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