Friday, October 26, 2007

Now's the Time: Joshua Redman

Even though this video doesn't feature the band accompanying Joshua Redman to Kansas City for his performance at the Folly Theater tonight, it's notable for two reasons. The footage serves as further proof that young artists are bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm to a music in desperate need of such vitality. Secondly, the fact that a straightforward clip of a traditional jazz artist can garner 144,000 YouTube views indicates that a successful generational transfer might actually be taking place.


the unthinking lemming said...

144K views of JR on YouTube?! Interesting. Seems hard to explain considering the lack of interest in too many equally worthy jazz players out on the scene. I like Redman OK but he hasn't impressed me as much as in his second album, Wish. It is too bad that Redman gets more attention than say, James Carter .. or the real deal, Joe Lovano! Nonetheless, the Wish tour concert at Liberty Hall (front row seats, feet resting on the stage) remains one of the best musical listening experiences in my life.

Happy In Bag said...

Just for fun, UL, I checked on the YouTube view counts for Carter and Lovano. Lovano's best is 38,000. Carter's top number is 36,000. Several factors are at play in Redman's impressive achievement- they include major label status, video production values and movie star good looks.

the unthinking lemming said...

Too bad it isn't about the music.

the unthinking lemming said...

Kanye West eclipses both a hundred full.

How many YouTube hits for Claude 'Fiddler' Williams?

the unthinking lemming said...

Let us see:

Lovano - Blue Note
Carter - Atlantic

Define major label.
Define Kansas City Jazz.