Dewey Redman

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Walter Dewey Redman, 17 May 1931, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 2 September 2006, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. After first playing clarinet at school, where one of his musical companions was Ornette Coleman, Redman turned to alto saxophone, and later still, took up the tenor. One of many well-versed students at North Texas State University, Redman became a professional musician on graduation. In the late 60s and through into the mid-70s he played and recorded with Coleman, Charlie Haden, Roswell Rudd, Keith Jarrett and Carla Bley. In 1976 Redman formed Old And New Dreams, a quartet completed by Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell and Haden, touring and recording into the mid-80s. He also recorded with his son, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, most notably on the 1992 recording Choices alongside Cameron Brown (bass) and Leon Parker (drums). Redman died of liver failure in September 2006.

An eclectic musician, seamlessly linking the blues with...

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