From the playfully coy "Chill" to the urgent energy of "Rejoice," Redman offers up a communicative and inspired record of emotional diversity. Joining him in this task was a young band of his peers, all of whom have since become established and esteemed figures in jazz. MoodSwing was one of the first exposures the jazz community had to young pianist Brad Mehldau, then beginning his career in Redmans quartet. Mehldau anchors these compositions behind Redmans lyrical playing, occasionally stepping out front to show his talents in "The Oneness of Two (In Three)" and "Past in the Present." The bands rhythm section has since been recognized as one of jazzs best, with Christian McBride on bass, and then-little-known Brian Blade on the drums.
As the follow-up to his breakout "Wish", "MoodSwing" has been universally praised by critics and enjoyed commercial success, selling over 300,000 units worldwide. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "saxist Redman finds ingenious ways of creating a mode of acoustic jazz that is both entertaining and enlightening." This record continues to provide a cornerstone for Redmans current career; many of these compositions are still featured in the saxophonists live sets today.
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Plated & Pressed At Pallas, Diepholz, Germany
Double Gatefold Jacket, Four Color
1. Sweet Sorrow
5. Alone In The Morning
8. The Oneness Of Two (In Three)
9. Past In The Present
11. Headin' Home