1 February 1969, Berkeley, California, USA. The latest in a long line of intensively marketed young jazz musicians, Joshua Redman saw his star rise dramatically in 1991, when he burst suddenly into the international arena in his (very) early 20s with all the right credentials: a hard bop-influenced style, good looks, a Harvard education, a famous saxophone-playing father (see Dewey Redman) and a compelling fluency and originality that captured the imagination of the older generation of jazz musicians. Despite the inevitable media tag lines, Redman was influenced less by his famous father, whom he saw infrequently, than by his mother, who always encouraged an awareness of music, and enrolled him at Berkeleys Centre For World Music at the age of five, to study Indian and Indonesian music. Whilst his flair for music was obvious, his flair for practice was less clear, and although he played in the jazz big band and combo while at school, he displayed little...
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