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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

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When the Bad Plus made its major-label debut in 2003, it was possible to accept it as a paradigm shift in piano-trio language. TBP has seen plenty of copycats since, but in the end its graces were too singular, its confluences too rare, to be ingested as a touchstone.

Because of this distinctiveness, the band’s past collaborations have seen it loosen its identity and seek out common ground like good jazz musicians do. With guitarist Bill Frisell, for instance, the trio found shared space mostly in the music of lodestar drummer Paul Motian. The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is something different, though-almost weirdly seamless in its integration. Hyperbole aside, it sounds as if the saxophonist has been there all along.

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