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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, January 28, 1988





By Marc S. Taras
Legendary saxophonist Dewey
Redman returns to Ann Arbor this
evening with a band of old and new
friends for two shows (7:30 & 10
p.m.) at the Ark. A Texas native,
the 56 year-old Redman has appeared
in Ann Arbor with his own quartet
and the band Old and New Dreams.
Tonight's concert, sponsored by
Eclipse Jazz, will feature young pi-
anist Rod Williams, Detroit bassist
Jaribu Shahid, and Redman's long-
time associate Eddie Moore on
Redman was born in Fort Worth,
Texas in 1931. He made his per-
forming debut on clarinet with a
church band. He attended the same
high school as Ornette Coleman, and
was influenced by the Texas blues
shouters of his generation. He con-
tinued his studies of the clarinet and
the alto saxophone at Tuskegee In-
stitute, and took up the tenor saxo-
phone after returning to Prairie
View, Texas.
. Redman was drafted in 1953 and
assigned to Fort Bliss in El Paso.
After the army stint, Redman be-
came a high school band director,
and eventually a full-time musician.
He moved north to California, stop-

ping briefly in Los Angeles before
landing in San Francisco in 1961.
Change was in the air of the city
by the bay; Ornette Coleman was
leading his innovative quartet and
Dewey fit in nicely, leading his own
groups and working with visiting
players like John Coltrane. Redman
established a personal voice on tenor
which featured a unique blend of
speaking and singing into the horn.
Many players of the New Thing
would adopt this style in years to
Redman moved to New York in
1967 and began rehearsing with Or-
nette Coleman's band the following
year. Recordings with Coleman en-
sued and a fruitful relationship with
pianist Keith Jarrett commenced at
about the same time. Redman also
recorded his first LP as a leader,
Look For The Black Star.
During the '70s Redman toured
and recorded extensively with the
Jarrett quintet which included Charlie
Haden and Paul Motian. This was a
formidable group which extended the
exotic realms that Coltrane had been
exploring. A fascination with East-
ern musics led Redman to the
musette, a double reed instrument
that comes from the Middle East and
North Africa and sounds somewhat
like a snake-charmer's pneumatic
flute. The musette has become Red-

man's second horn and he is still
exploring its possibilities.
In recent years Redman has
worked with former Ornette Cole-
man bandmates in Old and New
Dreams, as well as leading his own
groups. He records frequently,
though mostly for European record
labels. A few years ago I asked Red-
man about his ECM record The
Struggle Continues and he told me
soberly, "It's the struggle to put
food on the table."
The Redman quartet appearing at
the Ark will be especially exciting.
Pianist Rod Williams is familiar to
Ann Arbor residents from his stun-
ning performance as a part of the
David Murray Octet a few years
back. Bassist Jaribu Shahid is a
member of the Griot Galaxy and
Detroit's Creative Arts Collective
who has sat in with everyone from
J.C. Heard to Sun Ra. Powering the
band will be Redman's old pal Eddie
Moore on drums.
Tonight at the Ark Dewey Red-

man will treat Ann Arbor to two
shows that will cover a wide range
of music from the inside out. Texas
blues will be taken to Far Eastern
shores via Africa, and we will be
taken on a musical journey we will
always remember as our struggles
DEWEY REDMAN will play
two shows at the Ark (637 1/2 S.
Main) tonight at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Tickets are $7.50.
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By Usha Tummala
Who on this campus has had the
time or energy lately to appreciate
all the natural beauty surrounding
Ann Arbor? Well, the Michigan
Chapter of the Guild of Natural
Science Illustrators has decided to
help out by capturing various natural
depictions in their exhibit Images of
the Huron River.
The exhibit consists of paintings
and other works created by 1 2
southeastern Michigan artists, most
of whom consider themselves
"nature painters." The diversity of
each artist's interpretation of the
river range from the very soft, flow-
ing, impressionistic illustrations of
artist. Walter Griggs to the rather
technical and analytical drawings of
Kathy Mulavey and Robert Butsch.
These creations vary not only in
style, but also in the artistic medi-
ums, which include acrylics, pastels,
scratchboard, watercolor, colored
pencil, gouache, and pen and ink
In her work "Reflections," Ann

Breiholz depicts an impressive tradi-
tional view of the Huron River.
Breiholz's work contrasts nicely
with the intensely detailed perspec-
tive of the river given in the works
of Teryl Lynn and Susan Krohn.
These artists focus their attention on
the birds and insects that inhabit the
Huron River area. Other artists like
Roger Davis and Zeke Mallory em-
ploy shading and lighting techniques
which powerfully affect their illus-
The exhibit, sponsored by the
Natural History Museum and the
Michigan Seagrant, is the first group
effort by the Guild since the Natural
Science Illustrators Conference in
1983. Guild members involved in
this exhibit took a canoe trip along
the Huron River in the Spring of
1987, in order to collect their
thoughts and make preliminary
The Michigan Chapter of the
Guild, established approximately ten
years ago, consists mostly of Ann
Arbor residents whose occupations
range from medical illustrators to
graphic art professionals. The orga-
nization provides a bond between the

various artists and gives them an
opportunity to learn diverse tech-
niques and new skills. The Guild
welcomes anyone who is interested;
including students, to their monthly
meetings. For those interested, the
next meeting will be held on Febru-
ary 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the third
floor of the University's School of
The Guild's exhibit Images of the
Huron River is an excellent way to
appreciate our surroundings.
RIVER will be held through Friday
in the Meeting Room of the Ann
Arbor Public Library (corner of Fifth
and William Streets). The Library is
open today and Friday from 9 a.m.-
9 p.m. For further information, call

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