'Nearness' -- Jazz Standards for a Modern Age

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Tuesday September 13, 2016

From The Wall Street Journal

‘Nearness’ by Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Review: Jazz Standards for a Modern Age
The new recording by pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman defines what jazz sounds like today.
By: Martin Johnson

In the mid-20th century, jazz went through several seismic shifts: the emergence of bebop in the ’40s, the arrival of free jazz in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the synthesis that became known as fusion in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Since then there have been no structural shifts of comparable magnitude, which makes it hard to devise a shorthand label comparable to grunge in rock, minimalism in classical music or gangsta rap…

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