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Freddie Redd - Shades Of Redd album

Freddie Redd - Shades Of Redd album Performer: Freddie Redd
Title: Shades Of Redd
Style: Hard Bop
Date of release: 2008
Country: US
Size MP3: 1728 mb
Size FLAC: 1379 mb
Rating: 4.7

In an all too small discography, Freddie Redd's Shades of Redd is without a doubt his crowning achievement. Completed after a successful stint composing music for the stage play The Connection, Redd wrote music specifically geared for his two formidable front line saxophonists - emerging alto giant Jackie McLean and the unsung hero of the tenor, Tina Brooks. Shades of Redd, his zenith as a jazz musician, would be a wonderful addition to any collection, and shows that the lesser known musicians have plenty of music to play, in addition to a unique perspective aside from the giants of this music.

Freddie Redd (born May 29, 1928 - New York) is an American hard bop pianist and composer.

Freddie Redd Quintet. Freddie Redd Quintet - Just a Ballad for My Baby 04:10. Freddie Redd Quintet - The Thespian 06:57. Freddie Redd Quintet - Melanie 05:03. Freddie Redd Quintet - Blues, Blues, Blues 05:57. Freddie Redd Quintet - Ole 06:21. Freddie Redd Quintet - Shadows 07:20. Shades of Redd - Freddie Redd, Freddie Redd Quintet.

Shades of Redd is a 1960 session featuring fantastic interplay between tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, ubiquitous bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Louis Hayes, and the leader, pianist Freddie Redd, who penned all seven of the compositions. This is my first exposure to Redd, who plays with a sure hand. According to the liner notes, he was somewhat of a mysterious figure, drifting from gig to gig, leaving just as suddenly as he would appear. I purchased this primarily because I own albums featuring the other musicians on the session.

1. The Thespian - Digital Remaster/2007. Listen to Shades Of Redd (Remastered) in full in the this site app. Play on this site. ℗ 2008 The Blue Note Label Group.

Blues-Blues-Blues, 05:57.


1 The Thespian 6:58
2 Blues-Blues-Blues 5:57
3 Shadows 7:20
4 Melanie 5:03
5 Swift 3:59
6 Just A Ballad For My Baby 4:11
7 Ole 6:22
8 Melanie (Alternate Take) 5:26
9 Ole (Alternate Take) 7:38

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Mosaic Images
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Blue Note Label Group
  • Copyright (c) – The Blue Note Label Group
  • Manufactured By – The Blue Note Label Group
  • Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


  • Alto Saxophone – Jackie Mclean
  • Bass – Paul Chambers
  • Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
  • Drums – Louis Hayes
  • Photography By [Cover & Liner] – Francis Wolff
  • Piano, Composed By – Freddie Redd
  • Producer – Alfred Lion
  • Recorded By, Remastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Reissue Producer – Michael Cuscuna
  • Tenor Saxophone – Tina Brooks


Originally recorded on August 13, 1960 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Tracks 8 & 9: bonus tracks, not part of original LP

Printed in USA.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 50999-5-14375-27

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BLP 4045 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4045 US 1961
BN 4045-MONO-200G, BLP 4045 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd ‎(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 200) Classic Records, Blue Note BN 4045-MONO-200G, BLP 4045 US 2005
3700477827786 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd ‎(LP, Album, RE) Rat Pack Records 3700477827786 France 2017
TOCJ-6530 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Blue Note TOCJ-6530 Japan 2005
MMBST-84045, BST 84045 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd ‎(2xLP, RE, RM, Gat) Music Matters Ltd., Blue Note MMBST-84045, BST 84045 US 2009