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Hey jazzhead: "Have you heard the news?" Yep, it's true. Joshua Redman (pictured), young tenor saxophonist with sturdy roots planted firmly in-the-tradition, has gone electric. Indeed, electric but--bless his heart--still way eclectic. Redman's apparent transformation ain't no earth-shaking Dylan-at-Newport kind of turnaround, just a subtle change of the musical menu. So when JR returns to Stewart Theatre on the N.C. State campus on Friday, Oct. 18, expect less four-to-the-bar swing--and more heaping helpings of funk. Instead of, say, John Coltrane, Redman and company will toast James Brown's fave reed, Kinston's own Maceo Parker. You'll detect a hint of Eddie Harris, the pioneering electric saxophonist, and maybe even a taste of old-fangled jazz-rock (a la Weather Report). Friday's smorgasbord features Sam Yahel, who cooks on the Hammond B-3, and percussion sensation Brian Blade, whose diverse client list (Emmylou Harris, Wayne Shorter) confirms his rep as a flexible flyer. Redman's all-star trio is on the road in support of two new discs: Elastic (Warner Bros.), a rhythmically charged workout, and Yaya3 (Loma/WB), which recalls the trail-blazing organ combos of the late Larry Young. --Joe VanderfordDiamondDiamondDiamondThis show is one of the strangest mixes of talent you'll see outside the circus. Charlie Hunter is an experimental jazz guitarist who plays bass, lead and melody lines at the same time on his custom eight-string. He's accompanied by vocalist Dean Bowman, who apparently attended the same school of eccentric singing that Bobby McFerrin matriculated from. Bowman has done everything from Mahler to Barry White to Sly Stone, hooting, howling and whistling to accompany himself. Special guest Corey Harris says he doesn't know how he got on the bill--it was something his booking agency handed him. But he'll contribute his won brand of eclectic music. Often billed as a bluesman, Harris says he's " just a musician--I play guitar and sing." Harris, who studied anthropology in West Africa before becoming a musician, incorporates African juju, as well as reggae, samba, hip hop and blues into his music. All three play Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. Call 967-9053 for tickets. --Grant Britt

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