Freddie Redd is a hard-bop pianist and composer who is now in his mid 80′s. In his earlier days he played with the Jive Bombers, who later recorded “Bad Boy.”** I mention that because every week Bobby Bishop features “Bad Boy” as the opening to KUSP’s Monday evening jazz show “B In The Night.”
Through the years Freddie Redd worked with Tina Brooks, Paul Chambers, Howard McGhee, Lou Donaldson, Benny Bailey, and Charles Mingus. There is a video of Redd in performance below; he completed a European tour in 2013.
The jazz critic Scott Yanow says that Redd “found his greatest fame when he wrote the music for the play The Connection. He acted and played in the landmark show in New York, London, and Paris, was in the film, and recorded the music for Blue Note…” Jackie McLean was also in this 1959 show about musician junkies, in the movie, and on the soundtrack. This week we listen to a selection from that recording and another from a 1985 recording by Redd. (photo by Francis Wolff/Alfred Lion Collection)
** “Bad Boy” I am surprised to see was originally titled “Brown Gal” and was composed and recorded by Lil’ Armstrong in 1936.
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