born on 17/5/1931 in Fort Worth, TX, United States
died on 2/7/2006 in Brooklin, NY, United States
Redman played mainly tenor saxophone, though he occasionally doubled on alto saxophone, played the Chinese suona (which he called a musette) and on rare occasions played the clarinet.
His son is saxophonist Joshua Redman.
Redman was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended I.M. Terrell High School, and played in the school band with Ornette Coleman, Prince Lasha and Charles Moffett. After high school, Redman briefly enrolled in the electrical engineering program at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, but became disillusioned with the program and returned home to Texas. In 1953, Redman earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University. While at Prairie View, he switched from clarinet to alto saxophone, then, eventually, to tenor. Following his degree, Redman served for two years in the US Army.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Redman began working on a master's degree in education at the University of North Texas. While working on his degree, he taught music to fifth graders in Bastrop, Texas, and worked as a freelance saxophonist at night and weekends around Austin, Texas. In 1957, he graduated in Education with a minor in Industrial Arts. While at North Texas, he did not enroll in any music classes.
Redman was best known for his collaborations with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, with whom he performed in his Fort Worth high school marching band. He later performed with Coleman from 1968 to 1972, appearing on the recording New York Is Now!, among others. He also played in pianist Keith Jarrett's American Quartet (1971–1976), whose album The Survivors' Suite was voted Jazz Album of the Year by Melody Maker in 1978. In the mid-70s Redman formed the Quartet Old And New Dreams together with fellow Coleman-alumni Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. They recorded four albums in the period to 1987.
Redman also performed and recorded as an accompanying musician with jazz musicians who performed in varying styles within the post-1950s jazz idiom, including drummer Paul Motian and guitarist Pat Metheny. In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio.
With a dozen recordings under his own name Redman established himself as one of the more prolific tenor players of his generation. Though generally associated with free jazz (with an unusual, distinctive technique of sometimes humming into his saxophone as he played), Redman's melodic tenor playing was often reminiscent of the blues and post-bop mainstream. Redman's live shows were as likely to feature standards and ballads as the more atonal improvisations for which he was known.
Redman was the subject of an award-winning documentary film Dewey Time (dir. Daniel Berman, 2001).
On February 19 and 21, 2004, Redman played tenor saxophone as a special guest with Jazz at Lincoln Center, in a concert entitled "The Music of Ornette Coleman". Reviewing the performance, Howard Mandell, wrote: "Redman, a veteran of Coleman's bands, played on "Ramblin'" and "Peace", demonstrating more originality, maturity and conviction than anyone else on the bandstand."
Redman died of liver failure in Brooklyn, New York, on September 2, 2006. He was survived by his wife, Lidija Pedevska-Redman, as well as sons Tarik and Joshua, who is also a jazz saxophonist. The father and son recorded two albums together. He is buried at the Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, Suffolk County, New York.
- 1966: Look for the Black Star (Freedom)
- 1969: Tarik (BYG Actuel)
- 1973: The Ear of the Behearer (Impulse!)
- 1974: Coincide (Impulse!)
- 1975: Look for the Black Star (Arista Freedom)
- 1979: Musics (Galaxy)
- 1979: Soundsigns (Galaxy)
- 1980: Red and Black in Willisau with Ed Blackwell (Black Saint)
- 1982: The Struggle Continues (ECM)
- 1989: Living on the Edge (Black Saint)
- 1992: Choices (Enja)
- 1992: African Venus (Evidence)
- 1996: In London (Palmetto)
- 1998: Momentum Space (Verve) with Cecil Taylor and Elvin Jones
With Old and New Dreams
- Old and New Dreams (Black Saint, 1976)
- Old and New Dreams (ECM, 1979)
- Playing (ECM, 1980)
- A Tribute to Blackwell (Black Saint, 1987)
With Jon Ballantyne
- 4tets (Real Artist Works, 2000)
With Ed Blackwell
- Walls-Bridges (Black Saint, 1992)
With Michael Bocian
- Reverence (Enja 1994)
With David Bond
- The Key of Life (Vineyard)
With Cameron Brown
- Here and How! (OmniTone, 1997)
With Jane Bunnett
- In Dew Time (Dark Light, 1988)
- Radio Guantánamo: Guantánamo Blues Project, Vol. 1 (Blue Note, 2006)
With Don Cherry
- Relativity Suite (JCOA, 1973)
With Ornette Coleman
- New York Is Now! (Blue Note, 1968)
- Love Call (Blue Note, 1968)
- Crisis (Impulse!, 1969)
- Friends and Neighbors: Live at Prince Street (Flying Dutchman, 1970)
- The Belgrade Concert (Jazz Door, 1971)
- Science Fiction (Columbia, 1971)
- Broken Shadows (Columbia, 1971-2 )
With Anthony Cox
- Dark Metals (Polygram, 1991)
- Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse!, 1970)
- The Ballad of the Fallen (ECM, 1982)
- Dream Keeper (Blue Note, 1990)
With Billy Hart
- Enchance (Horizon, 1977)
With Keith Jarrett
- El Juicio (Atlantic, 1971)
- Birth (Atlantic, 1971)
- Expectations (Columbia, 1972)
- Fort Yawuh (Impulse!, 1973)
- Treasure Island (Impulse!, 1974)
- Death and the Flower (Impulse!, 1974)
- Back Hand (Impulse!, 1974)
- Shades (Impulse!, 1975)
- Mysteries (Impulse!, 1975)
- The Survivors' Suite (ECM, 1976)
- Bop-Be (Impulse!, 1977)
- Eyes of the Heart (ECM, 1979)
With Leroy Jenkins
- For Players Only (JCOA, 1975)
With Pat Metheny
- 80/81 (ECM, 1980)
With Paul Motian
- Monk in Motian (JMT, 1988)
- Trioism (JMT, 1993)
With Roswell Rudd & The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
- Numatik Swing Band (JCOA, 1973)
With Clifford Thornton & The Jazz Composers Orchestra
- The Gardens of Harlem (JCOA, 1975)
With Randy Weston
- The Spirits of Our Ancestors (Antilles, 1991)
With Matt Wilson
- As Wave Follows Wave (Palmetto, 1996)
With Dane Belany
- Motivations (Sahara, 1975)
With Michel Benita
- Preferences (Label Bleu, 1990)
- Soul (Label Bleu, 1993)
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