where are we (CD)
Acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman makes his stunning Blue Note debut with where are we. One of his most compelling albums to date, where are we is a musical journey across the United States of America that also marks Redman’s first-ever vocal album with the dynamic young singer Gabrielle Cavassa featured throughout along with a brilliant band comprised of pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Brian Blade.
Redman notes that “the surface concept of where are we is rather simple: each of the songs on the album is about, or at least makes reference to, a specific geographical location (city or state or region) in the United States: Bruce Springsteen’s "Streets of Philadelphia," Count Basie’s "Going To Chicago," Rodgers & Hart’s "Manhattan," John Coltrane’s "Alabama," etc… So, on one level, this is an album ‘about’ America — at once a celebration and a critique. But it is also, to varying degrees, a ballads album, a standards album, an album of romantic longing, an album of social reflection, an album of melodic invention, an album of improvisational adventure, an album of mashups, perhaps even a tribute album of sorts.”
1. After Minneapolis (face toward mo[u]rning)
2. Streets Of Philadelphia
3. Chicago Blues
5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
6. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
8. My Heart In San Francisco (Holiday)
9. That’s New England
10. Alabama (intro)
11. Stars Fell On Alabama
13. Where Are You?