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    Posted: 24 Mar 2020 at 8:34am

The Joshua Redman Quartet. From left: drummer Brian Blade, pianist Brad Mehldau, saxophonist Joshua Redman and bassist Christian McBride.

Michael Wilson/Courtesy of Nonesuch Records

Late last summer, saxophonist Joshua Redman engaged in some light time travel: For a couple of nights, he reconvened a stellar ensemble he'd led 25 years prior, with Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums.

They played The Falcon, a rustic-bohemian arts space in New York's Hudson Valley, and though it was a semi-secret series of shows, the room hit capacity for every set. On the first night, there was palpable joy among the musicians both on and off the bandstand but not even the merest trace of nostalgic complacency. Redman had written new music for the group, and the deft intricacies of his tunes required the full measure of their concentration. They were there to work.

Still, the intensity of that effort was well met by the familiar looseness of their rapport, which felt more like something rekindled than recaptured. The spirit onstage comes across clearly in a video of "Right Back Round Again," filmed during the second night at The Falcon.

The video is an NPR Music premiere; a studio version of "Right Back Round Again" is also the first single from a forthcoming album, RoundAgain, which Nonesuch Records will release on July 10. The album, sure to be one of the most anticipated jazz releases of the year, features three new originals by Redman, two by Mehldau and one apiece by Blade and McBride.

from www.npr.org


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