This would make a terrific play-along disc for pianists and drummers, not that listeners, with the possible exception of pianists and drummers, will miss other instruments. Tenor saxophonist Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter are alone together in their tonal roundness and relaxed exposition of rhythm and melody. Yes, relaxation is a chief characteristic of the collaboration, but with Carter in charge of the time department, there is no doubt where “one” is or, for that matter, “two,” “three” and “four.” Beginning with “Doxy” and ending with “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” the two make a great deal of the duo possibilities of eight standards and “Mr. Bow Tie,” a staple from Carter’s collection of original compositions.
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