Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

In 2012, the pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland formed a duo touring the world
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Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

In 2012, the pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland formed a duo touring the world. The 2014 studio album, "The Art of Conversation" reflects this collaboration with a simple, beautiful mix of standards and original performances. Solo artists and band leaders in their own, both Barron and Holland are virtuoso musicians who have left their signature in different, but compatible styles of jazz.

On the one hand, Barron with his impeccable technique and lyricism, He is an influential teacher of straight-ahead post-bop jazz. On the other hand, Holland is also blessed with a skillful technique between the jazz avant-garde, post-bop and straight-ahead sessions. What they share is a serious and moderate accuracy and attention to details, as well as a great musical ear that allows them a deep musical exchange. All of these are reflected in the album. It is noted that in "The Art of Conversation" both Barron and Holland have great respect for the other´s originals. In any case, it does not mean that they cannot perform songs like "In Walked Bud" by Thelonious Monk and "Daydream" by Billy Strayhorn so they can make them of their own. This balance between respect for the composer and individual interpretation is especially present in a number of original songs, including the languid, elegiac "Rain" by Barron, in which Holland plays the melody, and as in Holland dreamy ballad "In Your Arms" Barron is leading it. Finally, it's a kind of nice partnership, mutual respect and creative synergy that makes a delight to listen to "The Art of Conversation".