Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade Reunite For New Album ‘RoundAgain’
Renowned jazz musicians saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade will reunite for a new album, RoundAgain, due out on July 10 via Nonesuch Records. The original members of the Joshua Redman Quartet also shared the first taste from the new album, a live video of the song “Right Back Round Again.”
RoundAgain marks the original members of the Joshua Redman Quartet’s first new album since 1994’s MoodSwing. “I realized almost immediately that this band wouldn’t stay together for very long,” Redman recalled in a statement.
“They were without a doubt, for our generation, among the most accomplished and innovative on their respective instruments,” he continued. “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.”
“This band is like a turntable where the stylus was lifted but the turntable is still spinning,” Blade added. “ 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 related. “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.”
And Brad Mehldau summed it up. “Josh, Christian, and Brian are all my heroes. It’s like playing with The Avengers.” Watch the live Matthew Beighley-directed video for “Right Back Round Again” below: