Double bassist Dave Holland and pianist Kenny Barron started performing live together as a duo in 2012, and now they’ve committed the sound they’ve been creating on stages to album.
The Art of Conversation isn’t the first time they’ve recorded together — that occurred back in 1985 on Barron’s trio LP Scratch. However, this new record features the pair just working as a duo.
Holland (who has also worked with players like Steve Coleman and Sam Rivers) says that Barron provides him with a harmony lesson every time they play together, while Barron notes that Holland’s work allows him to pursue different voicings. “I always love playing with musicians that I can learn from and increase my understanding of the music,” Holland said. “And I certainly had that experience playing with Kenny.”
The album features four originals from Holland, three from Barron, and several covers.
The Art of Conversation Track List:
- The Oracle
- The Only One
- Waltz for K.W.
- In Walked Bud
- In Your Arms
- Dr. Do Right
- Day Dream