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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau deliver a spontaneous, at times risky, but always relaxed approach to classic material on 'Long Ago and Far Away' / glide MAGAZINE

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The resurging Impulse label has brought us a 2007 live performance from the double bassist, the late Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau who performed for the first time as a duo at the Christuskirche in Mannheim, Germany during the Enjoy Jazz Festival. Long Ago and Far Away will add to the impressive catalog of the iconic Haden who passed in 2014. Although this is the fourth recorded collaboration between the two, it is the first without either saxophonist Lee Konitz or drummer Paul Motian. This allows pianist Mehldau to do much of the heavy lifting in terms of melody and he explores the themes deeply and creatively while the two produce harmonically rich and ever-inventive stream-of-consciousness soloing that float in and out of the conventional theme of the piece.

It's two masters at the top of their game, delivering a spontaneous, at times risky, but always relaxed approach to classic material that enables each to excel individually and in their inventive dialogues

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