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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Sweet Sorrow” ~ Joshua Redman Quartet.

Joshua Redman Quartet_Mood Swing


More like Sunday “Sass”…what a great piece of composing here by Redman that would befittingly seep into any film noir, sounding here right out of the 40s and 50s. Makes you want to write a script.

Certainly slips right into the album’s title – “Mood Swing” released in 1994 with a line up of players musicians dream of.


Joshua Redman
Tenor Saxophone

Brad Mehldau

Christian McBride


Brian Blade

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Chinatown” ~ Nicholas Payton.

Film Noir

I have listened to this love theme at times up to 50 in a row in one sitting, I kid you not. Can anybody really play it like the original trumpeter who played in the film score, Uan Rasey? Simply No.

Rasey was the best there was yet his name seemed to sit in the shadows of the movie houses where we watched and heard it in. This mans trumpet would be heard in countless scores throughout Hollywood cinema history.

I’ve heard Terrance Blanchard’s rendition multiple times but I still always came back to Nicholas Payton’s.

He just seems to capture this atmospheric mood that composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote better than anyone else other than Rasey. From the very matching opening to the end, I love the brush drums throughout. What a piece of magic.

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