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Night & The City
Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron
Night & The City
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
Except for applause at the end of a couple of tunes and a single quiet cough, you might not be aware you're listening to a club recording, so hushed is the Iridium audience during this quietly intense 1996 musical dialogue...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron
Title: Night & The City
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polydor
Original Release Date: 3/10/1998
Release Date: 3/10/1998
Album Type: Live
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731453996120, 0731453996120, 073145399612

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Except for applause at the end of a couple of tunes and a single quiet cough, you might not be aware you're listening to a club recording, so hushed is the Iridium audience during this quietly intense 1996 musical dialogue between Kenny Barron and Charlie Haden. The ballad conversations are so intimate that it's almost inappropriate to break them up into the constituent players, but Barron is magnificent, opting for single-note lines over Haden's deeply resonant bass, stringing out a continuum of inventive, often double-time phrases that animate the slowest tempos. Even the chromatic fantasia that introduces the luminous "Very Thought of You" is spare. With Haden, less is more; there's never an unnecessary note, never a superfluous phrase. His accompaniments consist of only the barest harmonic substructure and the minimal pulse, while his solos sing as unadorned melody. Each piece is given time to unfold (the seven selections last 70 minutes), and the results are quietly intense, sometimes exalted, music-making. It's fine late-night listening, in the city or anywhere else. --Stuart Broomer

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Robert J. Ament | Ballwin, MO United States | 10/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many of us have been there......you're in a strange city on a business assignment and you've been puting in a lot of hours . You leave the downtown building well after dark, the streets are no longer crowded and while not exactly foggy, there's a heavy mist that seems to muffle the sounds. You don't really look forward to going back to the hotel room and as you walk you spot a sign proclaiming live jazz music. You think to yourself it might be a good idea to have a drink and unwind so you go down the stairs. The place has a nice ambiance and you notice it has a fair sized patronage considering it's the middle of the week and the weather. You sit down at a table and order a Blanton's on the rocks as the musicians, a bass/piano duo, break into a tune that you immediately recognize as one of your personal favorites by Ray Noble, "The Very Thought of You". As you listen to the music, it becomes apparent to you that you will be here until they are finished playing for the evening or the club runs out of good bourbon.

Yes, that may seem like a bit of fantasy and I would certainly not make it as a writer............however, these are the visions that cropped up in my own mind the first time I heard this cd. While not being a particular fan of duos (although my collection has a number of them), this one holds my interest from begining to end because of the lyricism expressed on these ballads by a pianist whom I thought was always under rated and a bassist whom I had only previously known by reputation. What a listening gold mine!! If it doesn't rank as the top piano album, it wouldn't take long to call the roll!

When you want to unwind, listen to this cd. It's jazz and it's beautifully expressed, sensitive and relaxing."
Beauty of Night well expressed
Dukwoo Kim | Seoul South Korea | 12/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album well expresses the romantic aspect of night and my personal favorite track is "Waltz for Ruth" which romantically expresses love combined with sentimental longing I would highly recommend this album to those who want to fully enjoy the feel of night, this is one of them."