Nearness – Redman

Joshua / Mehldau, Brad Redman

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 9/9/2016
Barcode: 0075597945607 Categories: ,



   in Piano International (Jan, 2017)
‘Brad Mehldau is more creative, but Keith [Jarrett] is looser in some way,’ was Lee Konitz’s interesting judgment, which I often recall when listening to these great pianists. This is the first duo album by longtime collaborators Mehldau and Redman, recorded live during their recent European tour. Mehldau first became known as a member of Redman’s quartet in the 1990s, appearing on the classic Moodswing (1994). On Nearness, three tracks are originals, and three are standards. The finest of the latter is Monk’s ‘In Walked Bud’, dedicated to fellow bopper Bud Powell – though I’m reminded of Monk’s mastery of space, and how Mehldau could use more. It’s one of three …

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