The Struggle Continues

Dewey Redman Quartet

CD18,90 out of print
LP14,90 out of print

“A solid, thoughtfully-programmed showcase for one of the most capable and encyclopedic of modern saxophone stylists. Mr. Redman has a warmly commanding sound and a broad idiomatic range, from ballad lyricism to bebop chord changes to modal playing to free-form. The news here is his growth as a composer and his ability to focus the energies of a band sparked by the great Ed Blackwell on drums.” So wrote the New York Times in 1983 of Dewey Redman’s “The Struggle Continues”, a disc that followed powerful Redman performances on ECM with Keith Jarrett’s ‘American Quartet’ and the Old And New Dreams band. Redman’s quartet repertoire, largely written by the leader, is capped by a tune from another great saxophonist: “Dewey Square” by Charlie Parker. Recorded 1982, and never before released on CD.

Featured Artists Recorded

January 1982, Columbia Recording Studios, New York

Original Release Date


  • 1Thren
    (Dewey Redman)
  • 2Love Is
    (Dewey Redman)
  • 3Turn Over Baby
    (Dewey Redman)
  • 4Joie De Vivre
    (Dewey Redman)
  • 5Combinations
    (Dewey Redman)
  • 6Dewey Square
    (Charlie Parker)
Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny oder Keith Jarrett wussten alle sehr genau, was sie am im vorigen Herbst gestorbenen texanischen Saxophonisten Dewey Redman hatten. Den erdigen, vom Blues kommenden ton, die satte Wärme und den rauen Improvisationsfluss stellte er in ihren Dienst. … Umso schöner, wenn ECM hier die Archive öffnet und diese kraftvolle Session von 1982 erstmals auf CD bringt. Abwechslungsreich, identitätsbewusst und tief beseelt.
Ulrich Steinmetzger, Leipziger Volkszeitung
Dewey was showing the way with this supremely hip meeting between bop, blues and freedom. Veering between the joyously abstract bop of the opener to the wonderfully raunchy, low-down R&B of ‘Turn over Baby’, the self-taught Texan’s throaty, avant-blues gregariousness receives top notch support. Ed Blackwell’s buoyant rhythms are loose and pithy at the same time. Meanwhile, ex-Motown pianist Charles Eubanks is an intelligent, underrated player… Another underrated player, Mark Helias, was a key member of Blackwell’s group and combines superbly, contributing a series of dextrous solos too.  … A welcome reissue.
Tom Barlow, Jazzwise
The years have been good to this essentially blowing session, mainly because of Redman’s sheer, all-enveloping warmth and authority, and the richness of his imagination. It’s also more conventional than might be expected; he ventures a bit out of the paddock in a marvellously fresh solo on the uptempo Thren, and while Combinations is an example of the band playing free, there’s a sense of discipline and focus to their work. Otherwise, it’s clearly bop-derived, but not slavishly so, even on the Bird tune, Dewey Square. And with Blackwell stoking the fires, the band has a vibrant, take-no-prisoners air.
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times