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Tuesday May 12, 2020

From WBGO

Can Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio Save the World? Find Out in This Week’s Take Five
By: Nate Chinen

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio, ‘I’ll Remember April’

Hero Trio, the forthcoming album by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, was named in acknowledgment of musical heroes like Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins. But at some point, Mahanthappa decided to have a little fun with the name ‘” asking his band mates, bassist Fran├žois Moutin and drummer Rudy Royston, to join him in a little superhero cosplay.

The resulting image is more than a little tongue-in-cheek, but the music could hardly be more serious. Mahanthappa has deep history with both Royston and Moutin, and on the album he often urges them out on the ledge. The intensity of their cohesion shines on ‘I’ll Remember April,’ a standard associated with both Rollins and Parker, and given a syncopated funk treatment here.

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, ‘Father’

Back in March, we helped break the news about RoundAgain, a new album by Joshua Redman’s celebrated MoodSwing quartet. That announcement came with footage filmed at The Falcon, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Last Friday, Nonesuch Records posted another video from the same show.

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