By Lauren Wise
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"I think there are a lot of differences in the way we play," admits the younger Redman. "I had a different life. I came of age in a different time. Almost everyone says we sound nothing alike, which kind of bothers me. Still, it's funny. As I grow older, I hear more of him in what I do."
Nothing resembles Joshua's link with his father more than the ever-present element that makes his Wish come true: The younger Redman moves deftly within the pack of jazz mentors improvising together on this disc. It's a skill he learned from his father, who had to contend with the moody piano turns of Jarrett and the confusing sax work of Coleman.
"When I look back at jazz tradition," says Redman of his father's peers, "I hear musicians staunchly committed to themselves and the people they are making music with at that time. It's what I strive for."
On Wish, Redman makes it sound easy. Take away the cover photo, and few listeners would be able to tell that the skilled saxophonist hadn't paid the kind of dues his father and his present bandmates have.
"If that's true," Joshua says, laughing, "then I hope in 30 years, I'll sound like I've been playing a thousand.