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Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – RoundAgain (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – RoundAgain (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:37 minutes | 937 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Nonesuch

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. A mere glance at Round Again’s line-up is capable of arousing a sense of collective hysteria among jazz fans. The original members of the saxophonist’s first quartet haven’t recorded together since MoodWing was released in 1994. “We would have done it ten years if it were up to me”, explains Mehldau, “Josh, Christian and Brian are all my heroes. It’s like playing with The Avengers!” It’s a worthy comparison seeing as these four really are considered superheroes in today’s jazzosphere. In almost a quarter of a century, their aura and playing has developed in an exponential way to the point that the quartet has achieved an irrevocable spiritual chemistry. In this brand-new offering (three compositions by Redman, two by Mehldau, and one each for McBride and Blade), they immediately show off a bond which allows them to perform extraordinary and colossal swing. Under the hood of this sparkling, perplexing yet vintage Rolls Royce of a record, RoundAgain is a meaningful four-way conversation. From beginning (Undertow) to end (Your Part to Play), mutual respect is at the heart of their drive and direction; even Redman’s verbose saxophone never steals the spotlight. Let’s just hope that we won’t have to wait another 26 years before they do it all again… – Marc Zisman


1. Joshua Redman – Undertow
2. Joshua Redman – Moe Honk
3. Joshua Redman – Silly Little Love Song
4. Joshua Redman – Right Back Round Again
5. Joshua Redman – Floppy Diss
6. Joshua Redman – Father
7. Joshua Redman – Your Part To Play


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