Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound!
Nonesuch Records compiles a selection of duets recorded live during Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau's European tour. The album, Nearness, is the first duo album from friends and collaborators saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau. The album is released on 140g Double LP pressed at Record Industry in a single pocket jacket with insert and limited time download card.
Brad Mehldau first came to prominence as a member Joshua Redman's quartet in the 1990s before becoming a bandleader himself. The pair first reunited in 2010 when Redman was featured on Mehldau's album Highway Rider. In 2013, Mehldau was featured as a performer and producer on Redman's Walking Shadows.
"It's like one of those friendships where you don't see someone for a long stretch and then you fall right back where you left off," Mehldau told the Ottawa Citizen when he and Redman performed at the city's jazz festival in 2011. According to the Citizen's Peter Hum, these two friends are "among the most potent and influential jazz instrumentalists of their generation, and what Mehldau calls 'picking up' is in fact world-class improvising before rapt audiences."
"Perfect: the worldless coordination of efforts, the endless improvisational innovation on just two instruments, the sheer excitement...It's nirvana." - The Boston Globe
"The album opens with an exhilarating take on Charlie Parker's bebop anthem 'Orinthology'; Redman's ability to nonchalantly cover Bird's chops-busting head on tenor sax while pianist Mehldau's contrapuntal contributions essentially create a contrafact for a tune that itself was a contrafact...is astonishing, and the two take great liberties from there, extrapolating playfully on the theme." - Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound
Pressed at Record Industry
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
Single pocket jacket
Limited time download card
Joshua Redman, saxophone
Brad Mehldau, piano
2. Always August
1. In Walked Bud
2. Mehlsancholy Mode
1. The Nearness of You
1. Old West