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listen  1. Twilight Song (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden12:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. For Heaven's Sake (1998 / Live Instrumental)Charlie Haden10:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Spring Is Here (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden10:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Body And Soul (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden10:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You Don't Know What Love Is (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Waltz For Ruth (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden 8:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Very Thought Of You (Live - Instrumental)Charlie Haden11:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0000069NK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Ament on October 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Miner on December 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Kenny Barron is one of the best pianists in jazz today and Night and the City may be his best recording.
Recorded live with bassist Charlie Haden, the pair set a wonderful, late night mood that carries the listener through the entire recording.
Dark, lyrical, intimate, beautiful; this is a record I turn to over and over again.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for an audiophile piano recording, this one is outstanding. The piano is close miked, and and you can clearly hear the striking of the keys. The sound is beautiful, and is probably as good of a piano recording as I have heard. The bass background resonates in club and there are no wasted notes. The music is best characterized as soft jazz, and one can imagine listening to this in a posh restaurant / night club. This is one outstading recording deserving of 5 stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
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Haden & Barron tell why this is a truly classic 5 star jazz album by their great artistry. Listen to the superb musical interpretation in "For Heaven's Sake" and "The very thought of you". You will find out why this is a 5 star album.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John K. Joachim on February 20, 1999
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If that "summary" doesn't convince you to give this recording a gamble, it's because you haven't heard Haden.
Haden's my hero. He knows the true value of "collaboration." Even on the soft ballads, you JUST KNOW what he's going to play, and yet you anticpate every note he plays, and you cherish each passing moment.
Kenny Baron has NEVER disappointed the listener, and once again he pleases me.
Here's the paradox of this music: the listener understands PRECISELY where Barron's boundary ends and Haden's begins; and yet, you're willing to accept the crossings of those boundaries ... but THAT NEVER HAPPENS, and least NOT in the conventional ways.
Simple music and yet very nourishing. Many a moon I have played a Haden CD in my car after a day at work I thought would never end -- but alas, no evening REALLY ends without Haden offering someone else the opportunity to give a commentary.
But why settle for my words when you can just listen for yourself? To paraphrase the MasterCard commercial: some things in life words cannot express ...
... for everything else, there's Charlie Haden...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amz-reviewer on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a jazz fan of almost everything recorded in between mid- 1950s to beginning of the 60s ( like Red Garland Trio, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly trio, Stan Getz, etc) I was caught off-guard by this CD made in 1998. What a suprise! The quiet mood of all pieces was so unbelievably good that I doubt I can find anything like that in a future. All things are made in sort of "Blue-In-Green"-style of Bill Evans (in my opinion).I can listen it countless times - everytime it's new and fresh.
For those who likes uncrowded settings (duet or trio) and who are not big fans of drums sessions in jazz - this is the perfect music - wish I had it more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
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My husband is a inverterate jazz fan, while I prefer classical music. However, we both adore this graceful, elegant CD. Buy for their breathtaking rendition of "Spring is Here", if nothing else.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dukwoo Kim on December 7, 2003
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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.
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