COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Jazz Duo

KENNY BARRON & DAVE HOLLAND, THE ART OF CONVERSATION

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014 and WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION.

Two superior musicians, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland, have a beguiling rapport on The Art Of Conversation, a lively and hauntingly beautiful duo recording that elicits not only good feeling and intimate swing, but also a profound, seemingly effortless grasp of why melody and rhythm matter. It also makes for a fun listen. Read the complete review at www.wrti.org

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KEITH JARRETT, CHARLIE HADEN, LAST DANCE

A TOP JAZZ RECORDING OF 2014. Bassist Charlie Haden has a thing for piano duets and over the years his recordings with Kenny Barron, John Taylor, Chris Anderson and especially Hank Jones document performances full of magical interplay, but Jasmine (ECM), his 2010 album with pianist Keith Jarrett was something more, transcendent as music and art. Recorded in 2007 in Jarrett’s small home studio, the pianist and Haden didn’t rehearse ahead of time, yet merely discussed song choice, chord changes and such before rolling tape. The process yielded standards and ballads that were deeply and equally felt by the musicians and listeners alike. Continue reading

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