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Monday April 30, 2012

From The Boston Globe

By: Steve Greenlee

This is why you do not leave before the house lights come up.

After saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau finished their (planned) encore, as many as a quarter of the people at Saturday night’s sold-out show at Berklee Performance Center began leaving, presumably to beat the crowd out of the auditorium and beat the cars out of the parking garage. But when you pay as much as $37 for a ticket, why risk missing the best part?

Those who left early did just that. Mehldau and Redman did a second encore, and that performance — a clever reworking of Nirvana’s “Lithium” — was the highlight of a nearly two-hour set that never wavered. The tension of the grunge-rock-turned-jazz tune built and built, Mehldau digging deep left-hand grooves, until Redman finally unleashed himself and spun furious circles of notes from his tenor sax. “Perfect!” someone in the crowd shouted when it was over.

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