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Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron – Night And The City (1996 FLAC)

Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron - Night And The City (1996 FLAC)

Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron – Night And The City (1996 FLAC)

Artist: Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron
Album: Night And The City
Release/Reissue: 1996
Genre: Jazz

01. Twilight Song
02. For Heaven’s Sake
03. Spring Is Here
04. Body And Soul
05. You Don’t Know What Love Is
06. Waltz For Ruth
07. The Very Thought Of You

The third in a series of Charlie Haden duet projects for Verve in the 1990s finds the increasingly nostalgia-minded bass player working New York City’s Iridium jazz club with pianist Kenny Barron. Moreover, it is entirely possible that we are getting a skewed view of the gig; according to Haden, he and his co-producer wife Ruth tilted this album heavily in the direction of romantic ballads, eliminating the bebop and avant-garde numbers that the two may have also played at the club. Be that as it may, this is still a thoughtful, intensely musical, sometimes haunting set of performances, with Barron displaying a high level of lyrical sensitivity and Haden applying his massive tone sparingly. Most of the seven tracks are fantasias on well-known standards, although one of the most eloquent performances on the disc is Barron’s playing on his own “Twilight Song.” If Haden deliberately set out to create a single reflective mood, he certainly succeeded, although those coming to Haden for the first time through this and most of his other ’90s CDs would never suspect that this man once played such a fire-breathing role in the jazz avant-garde.