Joshua Redman, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

April 13th, 2010, 12:22 pm by Greg

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman (photo by Michael Wilson)

“Hmmmm… The first record that I actually went out and bought? That’s a tough one because I had lots of records long before I actually ever bought a record.

Ummm… It might have been a Prince record, ‘Dirty Mind.’ Or it could have been a Stevie Wonder album. Maybe it was a Beatles record and maybe it was a Police record.

I was listening to jazz back then, too. I remember checking out of the music library with a copy of Sonny Rollins’ ‘Saxophone Colossus,’ which was an incredibly influential record for me.

But the first record that I bought probably wasn’t a jazz album.”

Saxophonist Joshua Redman teams up with pianist Brad Mehldau at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday. Tix are $12; seniors $10.


LIVE: Robert Trent @ the Zankel Music Center, 3/11/10

March 15th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Robert Trent

Like a fine wine complements a gourmet meal, the acoustics of Skidmore College‚Äôs new Zankel Music Center were a perfect match for the rich, full tones of internationally renowned classical guitarist Robert Trent on Thursday evening. Without any means of amplification at all, every single note, every intended nuance could be clearly heard from Trent’s small guitar anywhere in the concert hall.

Trent performed marvelously in the style of Johann Scherzer (ca. 1850) on his unique, 10-stringed guitar. The addition of the four top bass strings on a separate neck jutting at a slight upward angle extended the length of the fretboard, allowing Trent to play harmonics far surpassing the tonal range of a standard six-string guitar.

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