'Right Back Round Again' amounts to the first feelgood sounds introducing the return of the Moodswing 1994 quartet of Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Feelgood, feelanythingbutbad? we need some of that for sure in the current climate.
For many Redman's best ever band made not long after his stunning debut Wish made him jazz famous the year before in those very different CD loving pre-streaming times. Issuing label Nonesuch indicate that there are 7 new songs on Round Again (3 by Redman, 2 by Mehldau and 1 each by McBride and Blade). McBride's puntastic 'Floppy Diss' has maybe the best period reference of the song titles. Round again: Lucky for some, eh…? And very welcome.
Top clockwise from top left: Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade. Look for the record in July.