Before they performed as a duo in Montreal in 1990, jazz guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Charlie Haden had recorded only one session together 20 years before. The album of their concert is now out. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it’s an unofficial memorial album. Hall passed away last December, and Haden in July:
"It’s good to hear informal conversations between great musicians—these two obviously hadn’t worked much out in advance. It’s not the best thing either one ever did. But since Jim Hall loved playing duets with bass, and Charlie Haden loved duos with guitarists, and Hall thought of bass as an extension of guitar, and Haden could sound like he was picking a giant six-string, this 1990 meeting was a good idea waiting to happen. But not so good that the album came out before now."
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Photo of Charlie Haden and Jim Hall via Bluenote