- September. 08, 2016Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau's Debut Duo Album, "Nearness," Out Now
Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau's Nearness, the longtime friends' and collaborators' first duo album, is out now on Nonesuch. A selection of duets recorded live during their recent European tour, Nearness is available on iTunes, Amazon, and in the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout, and the 96kHz/24bit HD digital album is available to purchase.
"Magic always seems to happen when saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau play together," exclaims Mojo magazine. "They create a special telepathic musical synergy in each other’s company."
BBC Music magazine gives the album a perfect five stars, explaining: "The pair are so well matched. Both are extraordinary, scintillating improvisers bursting with energy, yet they have great ears for one another."
Redman and Mehldau take their magic back out on the road this month, performing in select US cities in September and October before heading to Asia, Australia, and Europe. See below for the currently scheduled duo dates; for all the latest, visit the tour page.
Brad Mehldau first came to prominence as a member Joshua Redman's quartet in the 1990s before becoming a bandleader himself. The pair first reunited in 2010 when Redman was featured on Mehldau's album Highway Rider. In 2013, Mehldau was featured as a performer and producer on Redman's Walking Shadows.
"It's like one of those friendships where you don't see someone for a long stretch and then you fall right back where you left off," Mehldau told the Ottawa Citizen when he and Redman performed at the city's jazz festival in 2011. According to the Citizen's Peter Hum, these two friends are "among the most potent and influential jazz instrumentalists of their generation, and what Mehldau calls 'picking up' is in fact world-class improvising before rapt audiences."
JOSHUA REDMAN & BRAD MEHLDAU ON TOUR
Sep 23 Krannert Center Urbana, IL Sep 24 Dalton Center Recital Hall Kalamazoo, MI Sep 25&26 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN Sep 30 Rose Theater, Lincoln Center New York, NY Oct 2 The Broad Stage Santa Monica, CA Oct 6–9 Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center* San Francisco, CA Oct 12&13 Blue Note Tokyo, JAPAN Oct 14 Cotton Club Tokyo, JAPAN Oct 15 LG Arts Center Seoul, SOUTH KOREA Oct 16 JZ Festival Shanghai, CHINA Oct 19 The Concourse Chatswood, AUSTRALIA Oct 21 Melbourne Festival Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Oct 23 Queensland Performing Arts Centre Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Oct 31 Victoria Hall Geneva, SWITZERLAND Nov 2 Jazznojazz Festival Zurich, SWITZERLAND Nov 3 Teatro Regio Parma, ITALY Nov 4 Jazzfest Berlin Berlin, GERMANY Nov 5 Jazzdor Festival Strasbourg, FRANCE Nov 6 BASF-Feierabendhaus Ludwigshafen, GERMANY Nov 8 Roma Jazz Festival Rome, ITALY Nov 9 Philharmonie Essen Essen, GERMANY Nov 11 Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Nov 12 London Jazz Festival London, UK Nov 13 Auditorium de Lyon Lyon, FRANCE Nov 14 Philharmonie Paris Paris, FRANCE
*Highway Rider w/Brad Mehldau Trio, Mark Guiliana & orchestra2016-09-08