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  • Artist(s): Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade
  • Summary: The second full-length release from Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade since the jazz quartet reunited 26 years ago for 2020's RoundAgain features six new songs.
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  1. Sep 22, 2022
    There was no coasting on any front in the formulation of Long Gone. “Disco Ears” is decidedly peppier all around, though hardly redolent of the environs its title suggests or the beat-laden leanings of Redman’s Elastic Band in the mid-2000s. Instead, it is, like “Statuesque,” an unpredictable progression rendered with utter fluency all around, no less in McBride’s basswork or Blade’s drum activity than the lead instruments of their long-standing comrades.
  2. Sep 22, 2022
    Most of LongGone feels deeply organic, with Redman and his bandmates feeding off each other and working to build something cohesive and bigger than their individual contributions.
  3. Sep 22, 2022
    It’s the gospel-charged 12-minute live take, Rejoice, that stuns: a collective jam opened on a beckoning bass hook and driven to a rampant finale with the band locked into an almost choral unified voice, it really tells you why, after all these years, this group can still sell out the world’s concert halls in a blink.
  4. Mojo
    Sep 22, 2022
    These former young lions are well on their way to becoming venerated old masters. [Nov 2022, p.91]