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  • Nearness, the first duo album from longtime friends and collaborators saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau, was recorded live on tour in Europe in 2011. "The pair are so well matched," says BBC Music Magazine in a five-star review. "Both are extraordinary, scintillating improvisers bursting with energy, yet they have great ears for one another." Mojo says: "They create a special telepathic musical synergy in each other’s company."

  • Nearness, the first duo album from longtime friends and collaborators saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau, was recorded live on tour in Europe in 2011. "The pair are so well matched," says BBC Music Magazine in a five-star review. "Both are extraordinary, scintillating improvisers bursting with energy, yet they have great ears for one another." Mojo says: "They create a special telepathic musical synergy in each other’s company."

  • The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is the debut album from the eponymous quartet. Seven of the album's nine tracks are new compositions by quartet members. "The album is a knockout," exclaims the New York Times. "It is impressive how much vital presence [Joshua Redman] brings to the Bad Plus without altering the band’s dynamic." It's "a roaring and beautiful summit meeting," says NPR. "The ideas are impressive by themselves, but become more powerful as Redman and the rhythm section go about developing them ... [T]he real triumph of The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: It exhibits genuinely fresh thinking."

  • Joshua Redman's Trios Live was recorded during stands with two different trios: Redman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson with bassists Matt Penman (at Jazz Standard in NYC) and Reuben Rogers (at Blues Alley in Washington, DC). Trios Live features four original tunes by Redman and interpretations of three additional songs. "It's a great set," says the Financial Times, "full of muscular rhythms and the abandon of live performance, yet as tightly argued as a rigorous studio date." BBC Music Magazine gives it four stars, calling it "a thrill-a-minute set." Chicago Reader calls it "one of the best records of his career."

  • Walking Shadows, Joshua Redman’s first recording to include an orchestral ensemble, was produced by his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Mehldau. The record's core ensemble is a quartet featuring Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade. Walking Shadows includes original tunes from both Redman and Mehldau along with works by a wide range of composers, like John Mayer and Pino Palladino, Kern and Hammerstein, and Lennon and McCartney. Buffalo News calls it "an unmitigated triumph ... one of the jazz discs of the year." The New York Times says "there hasn’t been a more sublimely lyrical gesture in his 20-year recording career."

  • MoodSwing, originally released in 1994, was Redman's first album with his own band—pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade—and all original tunes. It is available again both on CD and in a double-LP, 180-gram vinyl reissue with CD. "Redman finds ingenious ways of creating a mode of acoustic jazz that is both entertaining and enlightening," said Entertainment Weekly. "MoodSwing plays like an artistic journey."

  • Redman calls this album of original tunes "a further exploration of the trio format ... an expansion on, and an extension of, Back East," his acclaimed 2007 trio session. With a ready-for-anything lineup—bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Brian Blade and Gregory Hutchinson—he stretches the shape of the trio setting, on the most audacious of these tracks, performing with the entire lineup in a double-trio configuration. Exclusive Nonesuch Store bonus download: "Alef Ituk."

  • Working in an acoustic-trio setting, Redman mixes originals with standards chosen in homage to the sax players who’ve inspired him, including his late father Dewey. The Washington Post calls this one of Redman’s “most revealing and rewarding releases.”

  • Redman’s second outing with keyboardist Sam Yahel and their groove-oriented combo boasts “irresistibly funky hooks, sizzling backbeats, and edgy, electronic synths,” says the Boston Herald. Guests include bassist Flea, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, and Roots drummer ?uestlove.

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