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September 5, 2006

Saxman Dewey Redman Dies

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cindy mcleod

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deweyredman Dewey Redman May 17, 1931 – Sept 2, 2006

Free Jazz Groundbreaker Dies at 75

Dewey Redman, the tenor saxophonist and bandleader who was one of the founding fathers of jazz, died Saturday at 75 in Brooklyn, New York.

Redman succumbed to liver failure, ending a career that lasted over four decades. He was best known for his work with Ornette Coleman, and was also a member of Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet, the collective Old and New Dreams, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.

Generally associated with free jazz, the self-taught Redman had a melodic approach to post-bop mainstream, and an expressive, raw sound that often stepped outside tonality. He recorded a dozen albums under his own name and recorded twice with his son Joshua Redman, his tenor sax playing son.

In late August he’d performed at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with his most recent quartet, but over the years has led several groups, mainly piano-based avant-garde ensembles. He was the subject of the award-winning documentary film Dewey Time (dir. Daniel Berman, 2001), and in 2004 made a guest appearance for a Jazz at Lincoln Center concert featuring the music of Ornette Coleman.

Other survivors include his wife, Lidija Pedevska-Redman and another son, Tarik.

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