Ever since saxophonist Joshua Redman burst onto the jazz scene in 1991, he has displayed the maturity and skill of a veteran, earning immediate recognition from critics and colleagues alike. As the winner of a prestigious talent competition in his early twenties, this "young lion" astounded listeners with a richness and technical precision, and has honed his ability over the years to become more soulful as well.
His first album, Joshua Redman, was released on the Warner Brothers label in 1993, and since then, his output has continued to bring accolades. One of the so-called New Emotionalists, Redman’s works aim to convey a raw power rather than an intellectual experience. "Music doesn’t come from music, music comes from life," he outlined to Jim Macnie in Down Beat. "That means taking walks, hanging out, going to parties, reading, playing sports… the list is endless, right?" Redman’s approach has helped to popularize jazz to a wider audience.
But not only is Redman an outstanding musician, he has a fascinating background, too. He had won a full scholarship to Harvard, graduated summa cum laude, and was set to enter law school when he decided to defer his education in order to concentrate on music for a while. Jazz became his permanent career, and he went on to release a number of albums as a leader, as well as appearing as a sideman on others. In 1998, he released his sixth major effort, Timeless Tales (For Changing Times).