CD Review: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland "The Art of Conversation"

This perfectly titled set of conversations is a sumptuous addition to the great canon of bass-and-piano duets, of which the recently departed Charlie Haden was a master.
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This perfectly titled set of conversations is a sumptuous addition to the great canon of bass-and-piano duets, of which the recently departed Charlie Haden was a master. Without drums, you can hear the strength, idiosyncrasy, and tone of Holland’s masterful support, improvisation, and style. His intonation is superb, his approach by turns playful, serious, and probing. The recording might have benefitted from closer miking or a direct signal, but that’s a small complaint.

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