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Artist’s Choice: Linda Oh on Duo Tracks Featuring Bassists

Jaco/Don Alias, Tim Berne/Michael Formanek & more

Jen Shyu and Mark Dresser in 2011
Linda Oh

There is a long history of duets featuring bassists. Classics that come to mind are the sessions with Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton as well as albums by Ray Brown (This One’s for Blanton! ), Ron Carter (Heart & Soul, Dialogues) and Charlie Haden (Closeness, Beyond the Missouri Sky [Short Stories], Night and the City, Steal Away).

I narrowed my list of favorites down to 10 that cover a range of styles and instrumentation. Ranging from 1945 to the present, some of the selections are more obscure than others, but all move me in very different ways.

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