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Stretching the Boundaries
The audience arriving at the Roma Theater, Nov. 17, expecting to hear the dulcet tones of saxman Joshua Redman may be in for an unexpected-but not unpleasant-surprise.

Redman will be in Warsaw for the last stop on his European tour supporting his new album Elastic. The talented 31-year-old tenor sax player is taking a bit of a different route with his new album, more of a swing/funk vein. Redman has been wowing jazz fans for over 10 years and was a part of the "young lions" movement of American jazz in the late 80s and early 90s along with Marcus Roberts, Terence Blanchard and the Marsalis brothers. With his new trio, Sam Yahel (keys) and Brian Blade (drums), the new stuff is a departure from the classic explorations of the "young lions". This time around he ventures from the influences of James Brown and the Motown sound to more current fare of Radiohead and Björk. Redman has described his new album as more of an "electric groove based thing". This should be welcome news to music lovers to hear that such an accomplished and lauded player is still willing to experiment with sound and texture.

So slide on down to the Roma Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 to hear more from this brilliant saxman.