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Brad Mehldau: Anything Goes

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In Brad Mehldau’s 10-year recording career, two roles have predominated: leader of a piano trio and sideman/collaborator with world-class tenor saxophone players (e.g., Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd). His two new albums are brilliant additions to each of these categories.

Don’t Explain is a duet recording with Joel Frahm, who was Mehldau’s high school classmate and bandmate 20 years ago in Hartford, Conn. Frahm has only recently begun to acquire a reputation outside New York jazz circles, but he is an exceptionally fluent communicator of adult emotion on both tenor and soprano saxophones. Anything Goes is the latest from Mehldau’s working trio with Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy.

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