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We sat down with Iyer at a very interesting time for the pianist and composer in that he has the rare opportunity to look into the future and already see the tangible success he will be achieving in the next few years. Check out Part 1 of our interview to read about the ‘Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project,’ and below for his insight on this coming weekend’s Open City Big Band performance, and his future teaching with tenure at Harvard.

We sincerely hope everyone had a great holiday in the past couple of days filled with great times and wonderful people. To keep the merry spirits up, we’ve got a version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” produced and arranged by Marcus Miller for performance by Joshua Redman on saxophone, Lalah Hathaway on vocals and Poogie Bell on drums.

Pharoahe Monch took a trip up north for the Manifesto Festival in Toronto and enlisted none other than Toronto natives BADBADNOTGOOD as his backing band.

This week we take a look at the evolution of the low end of the saxes, the baritone and tenors. These players have defined recordings, performances, sounds, and styles with their rhythmic sensibilities, tonal innovations, and harmonic compositions. Take a look as we go down the line.

The ability to preserve the individual voices of musicians in a group format, where cooperation is fluid enough for them to work simultaneously as a well-oiled and cohesive sound machine, is what may be most immediately special about James Farm. There are and have been many great groups recording with the terrible habit of organizing or playing in a manner that encourages someone’s performance to get lost in the sauce, never to the point of fostering invisibility, but very often failing to emphasize and utilize the talents of each player equally. That does not occur with James Farm, the double-trio comprised of two bandleaders, Joshua Redman and pianist Aaron Parks, playing with the shared rhythm section of bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland.

Celebrating the release of his double-disc album Highway Rider on Nonesuch Records, Brad Mehldau will launch a corresponding tour starting November 5th. Mehldau will be joined by Joshua Redman and a live orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for U.S. dates and Britten Sinfonia for international dates.