Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most important advocates ofneo bob. This professor of jazz studied law at the famed HarvardUniversity, but eventually made the choice for his great love,jazz. When he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz SaxophoneCompetition in 1991, things started to move fast for Redman. Heplayed on an album of his famous, sax-playing father, Dewey Redman,and released his debut CD in 1993. After that, he made anothereleven albums with various line-ups, and even played on severalcelebrated pop albums. In 2007, his CD Back East was released andwith that title he referred to Way Out West, the classic his rolemodel Sonny Rollins produced in 1957. At the start of this year, hereceived wide acclaim for Compass which is really a sequel to BackEast. These last couple of years Redman has mainly been expandinghis work with his trio. The American's playing is basically knownfor the calm it exudes and the accessibility of his melodies. Younever get the idea that Redman has to go to extremes to get thebest result. Bass player Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinsoncomplete his trio during this festival.