It's been four years since Joshua Redman has released an album as a leader, two years since the jazz collaborative James Farm's release (three years since Redman contributed in large part to Brad Mehldau's 2010 album Highway Rider, but more on that later). Clearly the desire for Redman to put out new work has been steadily growing, but patience is most certainly a virtue. All throughout Joshua Redman's new album, Walking Shadows, out today on the Nonesuch label, is the sense that this wait hasn't been arbitrary. This new album, featuring bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Brian Blade, and pianist & producer Brad Mehldau in the rhythm section, feels purposeful. The buildup to this release has been filled with acquired skills, learned tones, and strengthened bonds between contemporaries.
The one-two punch of Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau has been a duo to watch for a good two decades now. The last time this duo teamed up was for Mehldau's 2010 opus, the Jon Brion-produced Highway Rider. Now the two are getting together once more for Joshua Redman's new album of ballads, Walking Shadows, which releases on the Nonesuch label on May 7th. The album is available for pre-order now and you can check out a track from the upcoming album, "Final Hour", after the jump.
Over the weekend, the Twitter account for The Bad Plus (which Ethan Iverson recently announced is now being run by Jason Tors) posted an hour long video of the trio performing at the 36th Victoria-Gasteix Jazz Festival with saxophonist Joshua Redman back in July. The performance, which covers various selections from the group's decade-long span, is definitely worth a watch.