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on 20 June 2014
Some of the publicity around this release and its relation to its predecessor - the tender 'Jasmine' of 2010 - is a little misleading. The claim on this website that Jarrett and Haden 'broaden the scope of their duo project' can be traced back to the publicity on the ECM site itself. The material here is in fact culled from the same meeting in 2007 which provided the material for 'Jasmine'. This hardly constitutes a 'broadening' of the project, and in any case a one-off meeting hardly constitutes an on-going project. Nonetheless, if you loved 'Jasmine' as I did, there is much to appreciate here. The gentle and low-key overall vibe of the record is the same, despite the inclusion of an upbeat version of Bud Powell's 'Dance of the Infidels' and Jarrett and Haden are great players who are engaged in a real conversation of listening and speaking. Some of the pieces are as good as anything on 'Jasmine' - to my ears notably a gorgeous version of 'It might as well be spring' in which the closeness of Jarrett's improvisation to song is allowed full expression. But while it is interesting to hear alternative takes to some of the pieces on 'Jasmine' ('Where can I go without you', 'Goodbye'), some of the tracks do feel like offcuts from the earlier set. Overall this is an enjoyable disc, but the claims around it have left me disappointed too. A continuation and evolution of the duo - now that really would be something to look forward to...
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on 30 August 2014
Superb album by two masters of the art form. Both musicians have a clear understanding of each others style and timing. My old flame: is played with a beautiful lyricism and timing. My Ship: has a languid and fluent intimacy with moments of gentle refrain. So much light and shade. Both players solo with empathic sensitivity for the music with no sign of competitiveness here, only synchronism, in sound scape and purpose.

Jarrett and Hayden have solid reputations for the avant garde and discordant brand of modern jazz but clearly have benefited from study of those that came before them. They show respect for the old standards with wonderful melody and harmony between bass and piano with the left hand of both players working to complement not defeat the mood. The standards are the bread and butter of Jazz and when all is said and done melody and harmony will always remain timeless. It is no surprise that these masters understand the basic physics of this truism despite their mastery of the obtuse and discordant. When you have this in your locker why hide it?

Round midnight sounds full and expansive and one does not surprisingly miss the trumpet of Miles or even the Tenor of Dexter Gordon such is the spell cast by the expansive technique of both artists. There is that all too familiar expression of vocal accompaniment synonymous of Jarrett that takes nothing away from the atmosphere of a great Monk/Williams classic.

I say no more other than this is an album you can fall asleep to while sipping a glass of whisky and spring water with the lights switched off after a hard days work. Drift off and dream of better days to come.
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on 11 July 2014
This CD contains music from the 2007 meeting between Jarrett and old time band member from the American Quartet, the world class bassist, Charlie Haden. The first sessions were released on 'Jasmin' a few years back and this pretty much contains more of what was recorded at Jarrett's Cavelight studio, at his home in Pennsylvania at that time. This is not a recent pairing up as some of the hype tends to lean towards. Anyway, first impressions. It sets up a mellow mood and is not really too demanding on the listener, most of it is at a downbeat tempo and sometimes I wish they would cut loose and swing a little harder, but apart from one upbeat track it stays on dream street. There are some great solos by Haden I must add, and his deep, muscular, energetic tone is very alive on these recordings. I find that Jarrett's piano lacks the depth and timbre it portrays on his live recordings. This is the same on 'Jasmin' and I noticed it on 'The Melody at Night with You' album from 1999. It seems a little sterile in sound. On the bright side there are moments of sheer joy as their combined sound is almost identical to their quieter moments on some of the recordings by the American Quartet from the mid 70s. There is no bassist that sounds or feels like Haden and these sessions are pretty special indeed. Now I just wish they would team up again with a drummer and record a trio session. Now that would be a very interesting prospect! Overall 'Last Dance' is a nice accompaniment to 'Jasmin' and any fan of Jazz, Jarrett/Haden will be interested no doubt.
Over and out! A. July11, 2014
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on 15 July 2014
One of the true masters of the double-bass; from his ground-breaking work with Ornette Coleman, right up to his intimate outings with Keith Jarrett; whatever the context the man always played with intelligence and passion. Thank you for leaving us with such a beautiful body of work - Mr Haden you will be sorely missed.
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on 5 December 2014
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden are jazz musicians, which - presumably - makes this a jazz album. But as Duke Ellington observed, there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. This comes in the former category. Moreover, it's beautiful music. With the exception of Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels", the programme is..gentle and contemplative. Immerse yourself in the music - with or without whisky, cognac, whatever - and as you absorb the notes, let go and relax. This music has therapeutic qualities.

Charlie Haden died earlier this year. This album adds to his already considerable legacy.
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on 21 July 2014
So sad that Charlie passed away. I superb album to remember him by

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on 5 October 2015
Great late night jazz. Equal to the earlier Jasmine. Fitting tribute to the late great Charlie Haden.
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on 1 July 2014
Beautiful music. For me this duo have a masterful sensitivity and musicality. Like the very best work of Bill Evans it never tires.
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on 2 February 2015
The best Jarrett's jazzy piano.... addictive!
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on 26 February 2015
Caution: two geniuses at work!
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