Picks and Pans Review: Mood Swing

updated 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Joshua Redman

Don't let the title scare you off: There is nothing manic or depressive about this album. Tenor saxophonist Redman sets a romantic mood with the elegiac session opener, "Sweet Sorrow." Then he swings through a set of original compositions that run the gamut from the cool-struttin' nonchalance of "Chill" to the corkscrew-twisting intensity of "Dialogue." Resisting the temptation to overblow, Redman gently caresses melodies. His is jazz for lovers—and you don't have to be a jazz lover to appreciate it. (Warner Bros.)

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