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  • Audio CD (May 7, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00BWDJILG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Folks Who Live on the Hill
2. Lush Life
3. Stop This Train
4. Adagio
5. Easy Living
6. Doll is Mine
7. Infant Eyes
8. Let it Be
9. Final Hour
10. Last Glimpse of Gotham
11. Star Dust
12. Let Me Down Easy

Editorial Reviews

Nonesuch Records releases saxophonist Joshua Redman's Walking Shadows, comprising 12 ballads, is Redman's first recording to include an orchestral ensemble, which plays on many of the tracks. It was produced by Redman's friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau. The record's core ensemble is a quartet featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade all frequent collaborators of Redman's over the years. Dan Coleman conducts on the orchestral tracks. Walking Shadows includes original tunes from both Redman and Mehldau along with works by a wide range of composers such as John Mayer and Pino Palladino; Kern and Hammerstein; and Lennon and McCartney (track list on next page). Orchestral arrangements are by Mehldau, Coleman, and composer Patrick Zimmerli.

Redman first worked with Mehldau and Blade in Redman's mid-1990s quartet and they have been friends and frequent collaborators ever since. Redman was a featured soloist on Mehldau's Jon Brion-produced 2010 orchestral album, Highway Rider. Walking Shadows is the first of Redman's records to be produced by Mehldau. Redman says: "I couldn't be more delighted to have the opportunity to do a ballads record with strings, with Brad producing, and my other great friends and collaborators all involved. I've wanted to do this for a long time. "

Customer Reviews

It has so much emotional information.
daniel tricarico
Joshua Redman's current album is on par with Parker's classic set produced by Norman Granz of Jazz at the Philharmonic fame.
Thomas B. Cox Jr.
Excelent music by one of my prefered jazz musicians.
F. Paiva

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Four SUPERB Stars! Tenor and soprano sax titan Joshua Redman follows the intensities of the "Back East" trio and the "James Farm" quartet recordings with this lovely, more laid-back, and atmospheric ballad recording split equally between a string, brass, and woodwind orchestra and a jazz trio/quartet. It is produced by pianist Brad Mehldau who joins the 5 quartet tracks along with Redman, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brian Blade on drums. "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" is a lovely, string-laden trip through this classic ballad with Redman starting with the verse and beautifully soaring above a superb arrangement. "Easy Living" starts conventionally on a bed of lovely strings, but goes in an angular direction with Redman getting off some intense, declarative phrases. "Adagio" by Johann Sebastian Bach is a stately 'tenor sax, double bass, brushes on drums' trio reading that enhances the normal sonic pallet of this classical work. The quartet version of Lennon-McCartney's "Let It Be" turns up the heat considerably in a performance with gospel-like flourishes. And perhaps, best of all, Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" becomes a smoldering vehicle for Redman's soprano sax, "Stardust" gets the relaxed boss tenor sax reading, and the gradual intensity of "Last Glimpse of Gotham" has strings used quite effectively and adventurously. These enjoyable, beautifully-recorded orchestral and quartet performances are quite a change from recent Joshua Redman outings and could become a romantic-evening and late-night listening favorite. The orchestra with strings, playing songs deftly arranged by Dan Coleman, Patrick Zimmerli, and Mehldau, definitely enhances the 6 orchestral tracks. Very Definitely Recommended. Four LOVELY Stars! (12 tracks; time: ~57:42)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on May 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Redman, Melhldau, Granadier and Blade had made a "classic" album, with strings. Incredible arrangements for strings of Dan Coleman . Redman play clear and beautiful versions of some standard, from Kern and Hammerstein to Lennon and McCartney. Is a peacefull CD. Is music for any moments, great music but is" pure music" to hear with attention because is not a easy listening music, is not bland, is essential, in some way minimal . Six! tracks with orchestra and 6 in quartet . Joshua Redman play more classic than ever, under the fantastic production of Brad Meldhau. Granadier play great, Blade the same and Mehldau is there, always in the back, perfect. Great album that sure you will hear thousands of times .Usually the albums of tenor saxophones and strings are bland, but not this, this is a new classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vance R. Hiner on September 8, 2013
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When reading some of the reviews here, I'm reminded of the old parable in which a young wolf and an old wolf are surveying a flock of sheep from the top of a hill. The young wolf says, "Hey, let's run down their and eat one of those sheep." To which the old wolf replies, "No, let's walk down there and eat them all." The original story is about bulls and is a little cruder, but this is Amazon. ;-)

I think "Walking Shadows" shows how utterly self-assured and purposeful Redman has become. This is a very mature piece of work and it fits nicely in his catalog.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jubster on May 9, 2013
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I was excited for this release, but after a few listens I haven't found any songs (originals or covers) that were particularly memorable. Redman's tone is amazing and there's tons of subtle nuance in the whole ensemble's playing, but unless you're really focusing on the interplay of the band members, the music comes across pretty watered down. It's a great album if you like jazz to relax to, but isn't one that will make you a lifelong fan (which Redman's Beyond did for me.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kellaway on July 26, 2013
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I hear the "musicality" in this CD. I sense the direction-----using strings.
However, there is so much energy in the string writing {ie let me show you my "chops"] that most of the time there is not enough room for the tenor sax to breathe. Also, the writing indicates that the lyrics of the songs [which gives one the sense of the somgs emotional quality[ were not considered.
If they do it again-----open up the form-----let the sax breathe !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RH on May 2, 2014
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Headed by an elegant string orchestra and superb arranging, Joshua Redman
gave another first rate performance on this time-honoured standard CD from 2013
that placed his tenor- soprano saxophone artistry in another form of sophistication
and showcased a bright new set of classic standards. What would be billed as his
first orchestra-led album, Walking Shadows brings us a different kind of “standard
classic” in the jazz repertoire as he showcases a smooth saxophone performance
while he and the orchestra are joined by a quartet that is headed by his friend and
longtime collaborator Brad Mehldau, as it feature Larry Grenadier on the bass and
Brian Blade on the drums. Starting off on a heavenly take on The Folks Who Live
On The Hill, the track set proceed on other direct takes on other classic standards
including Lush Life, John Mayer’s Stop This Train, Easy Living, The Beatles’ Let It
Be, Wayne Shorter’s Infant Eyes and Stardust, as well as ‘new’ original songs, like
Mehldau’s Last Glimpse Of Gotham and the final track Lay Me Down Easy. What
also add to the success of Walking Shadows is how Mehldau handles the session
(he plays a vibraphone on tracks 3 and 10), which make Walking Shadows such a
bold and joyful achievement that is even abated by a riveting, emotionally charged
seemingly slow burn that made it a great work of art that will live up to it’s artistry.
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