Joshua REdman & Brad Mehldau: Nearness
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. Redman and Mehldau are "among the most potent and influential jazz instrumentalists of their generation," says the Ottawa Citizen, creating "world-class improvising before rapt audiences."
"The pair are so well matched. Both are extraordinary, scintillating improvisers bursting with energy, yet they have great ears for one another." – BBC Music Magazine * * * *
"A John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner for the 21st century." – Q
"Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau, two giants of the world jazz music scene [have] recently teamed up for a duo album, and that's a really exciting pairing for me: two truly modern jazz musicians, not because they sound like they play modern jazz but they truly have a conception of what it means to be a jazz musician in the 21st century." – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
"Magic always seems to happen when saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau play together. This new album catches the duo performing together in Europe during 2011 and clearly shows that despite their infrequent collaboratinos, they create a special telepathic musical synergy in each other’s company." – Mojo