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date: 24 February 2020

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  • Brad Linde

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(b New York, NY, May 29, 1928). American jazz pianist and composer. He began playing piano and composing while in the army in 1946. Largely self-taught, he was inspired by the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and counted Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk as influences. Beginning in 1953 he performed with Cootie Williams, Joe Roland, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce, and Gene Ammons. In 1956 he traveled to Sweden with Rolf Ericson and then went on a West Coast tour with Charles Mingus. In 1959 Redd composed the score for Jack Gelber’s The Connection, a Living Theatre production about drug addiction. He joined the cast with alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and recorded the score for Blue Note, along with two additional albums that featured McLean and tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks (McLean’s understudy).

From the 1960s he lived in various locations including Guadalajara, Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles. While in London, he appeared as the organist on singer-songwriter James Taylor’s first album. Redd recorded his last studio album in ...

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