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CYRILLE AIMEE & MICHAEL VALEANU » Bye Bye Blackbird

ERIC HARLAND & AVISHAI COHEN » NPR Music Field Recordings

 

CORY HENRY & YORAN VROOM » Heart at Midnight » Bimhuis Amsterdam

JOSHUA REDMAN BRAD MEHLDAU » Nearness

Josh and I both value listening closely to the other player. It definitely plays into this duo format. Having said that, there is always a counterintuitive possibility: sometimes there are exciting moments of rupture here when one of us just charges forward brazenly, independent of what the other guy is doing. This is interesting to me, this notion of respecting and trusting the other player enough to play something that is, on the face of it, disrespectful. All of these variables on the bandstand are applicable to friendships. Jazz is nothing if not a social music, a music of social interaction.

Brad Mehldau