Thursday, April 5, 2012
Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Launch North American Duo Tour
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau—longtime friends, frequent collaborators, and Nonesuch Records label mates—head out for a duo tour of North America, beginning with a concert at Orchestra Hall in Detroit tonight. From there, the two make stops in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Ontario, and New Jersey before the close of the tour at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston at the end of the month.
Redman and Mehldau played a number of US duo dates and toured Europe together in the fall and took the successful pairing to Australia earlier this year. The Australian found that Mehldau's "capacity for setting up a steady rhythm at fast pace was mesmerising, helping to drive Redman's playing on tenor and soprano to delirious heights … It works at the highest level and is deeply human: full of delight, surprise, even ecstasy."
Amidst the duo tour dates this month, Redman and his Trio, featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, have a week’s residency at the Village Vanguard in New York City, April 17–22. Redman will join his fellow quartet members of James Farm, which release their self-titled debut album on Nonesuch last year, for a four-night run at the Blue Note in Tokyo starting at the end of next month.
Next month, Mehldau joins up with his own Trio, featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, for a US tour, starting with a special night at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver for which they will be joined by another fellow Nonesuch artist, Timothy Andres. The Brad Mehldau Trio recently released Ode, the group's first studio recording since 2005's Day Is Done.
"The empathy of the trio members often rises to telepathy, as they communicate using the song forms to evoke feelings ranging from flight and velocity to repose and reflection," says New York Daily News music writer Greg Thomas in his review of Ode. "And, unlike some of their musical peers these days, they find no need to shy away from swing and the blues, as colors in their musical palette." Read the review at nydailynews.com.
See below for all of the currently scheduled Joshua Redman / Brad Mehldau duo dates; for additional information on these and upcoming solo and trio dates, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
JOSHUA REDMAN / BRAD MEHLDAU DUO TOUR
||Jazz at the Bistro
||St. Louis, MO
||Memorial Hall, UNC
||Chapel Hill, NC
||Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
||Koerner Concert Hall
||Community Theatre of Morristown
||Berklee Performance Center