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  • September 18, 2020

    Brad Mehldau's new album, Suite: April 2020, is now available on CD and standard vinyl, following the release of the digital and limited-edition deluxe vinyl editions earlier this year. While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; he was able to record them safely in an Amsterdam studio, along with interpretations of three tunes that mean a great deal to him. One thousand numbered and signed copies of the deluxe edition were sold, with a minimum of $90 from each sale donated to the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund. Brad Mehldau has several solo concerts in Europe ahead.

  • July 23, 2020

    NPR Music and Jazz Night in America debuted an hour-long set from shows Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade played at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY, just before recording their new album, RoundAgain, last September. The premiere event on Wednesday also included a live Q&A with the musicians and NPR Music's Nate Chinen. You can watch both again here.

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  • The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—reunite with the July 10, 2020 release of RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing. The album features seven newly composed songs: three from Redman, two from Mehldau, and one each from McBride and Blade. A live version of Redman’s “Right Back Round Again” may be seen below, in a video directed by Matthew Beighley; the album version is available to download with the album pre-order.

    Redman says of his first group as a bandleader, which was together for approximately a year and a half: “I realized almost immediately that this band wouldn’t stay together for very long. They were without a doubt, for our generation, among the most accomplished and innovative on their respective instruments. They were already all in such high demand—everyone wanted to play with them! And they all had such strong and charismatic musical personalities—destined to start soon pursuing their own independent visions. I knew better than anyone else just how incredibly lucky I was to have even that short time with them.” 

    In the intervening decades, each has played with one or more of the others on various occasions, but all four had never properly reunited. “I knew it would happen, but I didn’t know when,” Redman admits. “We were all so busy, and we needed the space, both in our schedules and in our creative development.”

    “We would have done it ten years ago if it were up to me,” Mehldau insists. “Josh, Christian, and Brian are all my heroes. It’s like playing with The Avengers.” 

    Blade adds, “This band is like a turntable where the stylus was lifted but the turntable is still spinning. We just had to drop the needle, and there we were with all of the information we had gathered. It has gotten deeper because of life itself, and because Joshua, Brad, and Christian plumb the depths every day.” 

    “These guys have grown exponentially,” McBride insists. “They are super-monsters now, and playing with them gave me a hard look at myself. And when you’re intimate creating art, even if you don’t play together for twenty years, you only need two bars to realize what the feeling is about, because the feeling never leaves."

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Fri, Oct 2
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Fri, Oct 2
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Sat, Oct 3
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Sat, Oct 3
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Tue, Oct 6
Hoyerswerda
Lausitz Hoyerswerda GmbH
Tue, Oct 6
Hoyerswerda
Lausitz Hoyerswerda GmbH
Thu, Oct 15
Tourcoing
Raymond Devos Municipal Theater
Thu, Oct 15
Tourcoing
Raymond Devos Municipal Theater
Sat, Oct 17
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Sat, Oct 17
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Fri, Oct 23
Warszawa
Klub Stodoła
Fri, Oct 23
Warszawa
Klub Stodoła
Sat, Oct 24
Cologne
Kölner Philharmonie
Sat, Oct 24
Cologne
Kölner Philharmonie
Tue, Nov 3
Nice
Conservatory Regional Influence de Nice
Tue, Nov 3
Nice
Conservatory Regional Influence de Nice
Wed, Nov 4
Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
Wed, Nov 4
Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
Thu, Nov 5
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Camara
Thu, Nov 5
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Camara
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While sheltering at home with his family in during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brad Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; he was able to record them safely in a studio, together with tunes by Neil Young, Billy Joel, and Jerome Kern that mean a great deal to him, for this album, Suite: April 2020. Includes download of sheet music PDF for the piece “remembering before all this.” A portion of the proceeds go to the Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Musician's Emergency Fund.

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The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—reunite with the July 10, 2020 release of RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing. The album features seven newly composed songs: three from Redman, two from Mehldau, and one each from McBride and Blade. A live version of Redman’s “Right Back Round Again” may be seen below, in a video directed by Matthew Beighley; the album version is available to download with the album pre-order.

Redman says of his first group as a bandleader, which was together for approximately a year and a half: “I realized almost immediately that this band wouldn’t stay together for very long. They were without a doubt, for our generation, among the most accomplished and innovative on their respective instruments. They were already all in such high demand—everyone wanted to play with them! And they all had such strong and charismatic musical personalities—destined to start soon pursuing their own independent visions. I knew better than anyone else just how incredibly lucky I was to have even that short time with them.” 

In the intervening decades, each has played with one or more of the others on various occasions, but all four had never properly reunited. “I knew it would happen, but I didn’t know when,” Redman admits. “We were all so busy, and we needed the space, both in our schedules and in our creative development.”

“We would have done it ten years ago if it were up to me,” Mehldau insists. “Josh, Christian, and Brian are all my heroes. It’s like playing with The Avengers.” 

Blade adds, “This band is like a turntable where the stylus was lifted but the turntable is still spinning. We just had to drop the needle, and there we were with all of the information we had gathered. It has gotten deeper because of life itself, and because Joshua, Brad, and Christian plumb the depths every day.” 

“These guys have grown exponentially,” McBride insists. “They are super-monsters now, and playing with them gave me a hard look at myself. And when you’re intimate creating art, even if you don’t play together for twenty years, you only need two bars to realize what the feeling is about, because the feeling never leaves."

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Tour

Fri, Oct 2
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Fri, Oct 2
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Sat, Oct 3
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Sat, Oct 3
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
BASF-Feierabendhaus
Tue, Oct 6
Hoyerswerda
Lausitz Hoyerswerda GmbH
Tue, Oct 6
Hoyerswerda
Lausitz Hoyerswerda GmbH
Thu, Oct 15
Tourcoing
Raymond Devos Municipal Theater
Thu, Oct 15
Tourcoing
Raymond Devos Municipal Theater
Sat, Oct 17
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Sat, Oct 17
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Fri, Oct 23
Warszawa
Klub Stodoła
Fri, Oct 23
Warszawa
Klub Stodoła
Sat, Oct 24
Cologne
Kölner Philharmonie
Sat, Oct 24
Cologne
Kölner Philharmonie
Tue, Nov 3
Nice
Conservatory Regional Influence de Nice
Tue, Nov 3
Nice
Conservatory Regional Influence de Nice
Wed, Nov 4
Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
Wed, Nov 4
Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
Thu, Nov 5
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Camara
Thu, Nov 5
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Camara
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