Joshua Redman Offers Stirring Renditions From Latest Album ‘Where Are We’ For ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

The three-song set included interpretations of Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen.

By Nate Todd Feb 9, 2024 12:51 pm PST

Saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman recently performed a Tiny Desk Concert. Redman delivered songs from his 2023 album, Where Are We, described as a “meditation on the complexities of America,” by NPR Music.

Redman is no stranger to NPR, the musician has appeared regularly on National Public Radio’s Jazz Night in America, including a tribute to his father renowned jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman. Redman also played in a quartet with Jazz Night host Christian McBride along with Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade.

Joining Joshua for his Tiny Desk Concert is vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa, pianist Paul Cornish, bassist Philip Norris and drummer Nazir Ebo. Redman performed a trio of songs from Where Are We beginning with “Chicago Blues,” a take on Count Basie’s “Goin’ to Chicago.” Redman also offered a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets Of Philadelphia.”

Joshua and band closed the session with “After Minneapolis.” The song came in the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020, sparking worldwide protests.

Watch Joshua Redman’s Tiny Desk Concert below:


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