Recordings of the Month: July 2022

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The summer is a slower time for new releases, offering a good opportunity to explore beyond the more obvious to discover hidden gems.

First, for this month’s Recording of the Month, I have been blown away by a truly stunning debut recording on Warner Classics …

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Brad Mehldau: Suite, April 2020

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Brad Mehldau is not simply one of the true greats of jazz piano, but one of the most interesting composers, collaborators and creators in the contemporary music scene.

Every release of his is special, and this year we are fortunate to have two in close succession, the brilliant quartet album Round Again with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Brian Blade and, the subject of this review, Suite: April 2020, an intimate solo set comprising twelve pieces improvised in response to the lockdown of March/April 2020, plus three concluding bonus cover versions.

Suite: April 2020 appeared digitally almost immediately back in the late spring, and the physical CD album arrived this Autumn:


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