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Recorded in September
2003, Momentum brings yet another fortified helping of well-groomed funk
In addition to Redmans
Elastic Band, including Sam Yahel on keyboards and Jeff Ballard on drums, Momentum
is chock-full of great guest appearances including guitarists Jeff Parker, Eric
Krasno, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Peter Bernstein as well as trumpeter Nicholas
Payton, vibraphonist Stephon Harris, bassists Meshell NDegeocello, Flea
from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and ?uestlove of The Roots. Whew!
The Elastic Band started informally in a semi-jam session setting down at Smalls,
a jazz club in New York. Sam Yahel would call Redman and drummer Brian Blade
to come sit in on an irregular basis. At a certain point, Redman guided the
group away from straight ahead Hammond B3 organ playing toward music more oriented
to an electric groove. I kind of usurped the band to explore a more electric
groove base, Redman says.
Redmans Freedom in the Groove (1996) consciously made reference
to a groove based style, but this was more of a hybrid record integrating straight
ahead elements as well. On Momentum, he is more focused sonically and
Everything organically should flow from what comes before it, Redman
says. The two paths taken with the Elastic Band and the SF Collective show two
sides of a versatile jazz musician. One is all acoustic, the other is primarily
electric. One emphasizes swing and celebrates classic modern composition, while
the other hinges on original grooves and tight, tailored lines. In both
settings, the goal is to improvise freely and creatively, says Redman.
We strive to create exciting, meaningful music that is appropriate to
the musical context.
The rhythmic precision at the core of Momentum screams through the stereo
as high hat hits and tricked out bass lines let Redman and co. carve out the
sonic sweet spots.