For me, richly orchestrated, lush jazz never goes out of style. It can be bad of course, like any other music–typically falling to an artist with greater breadth of scope than chops, or a precious, mannered sound that wanders into easy listening. But with a frontman like Joshua Redman and arrangers like Brad Mehldau you get magic. Redman’s new album Walking Shadows could contend with some of the Columbia albums of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. To be honest I’ve never been a huge fan of Redman’s, but I think he works better in a large ensemble setting than a classic club combo. Have a listen, if that’s your thing.


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