Harvie S with Kenny Barron: Now Was The Time (2008)
With a duo partner as responsive and giving as Barron, S seizes the opportunity to showcase upper-register melodic flair, singing out familiar themes like "Body And Soul," "Isn't It Romantic?" and "All or Nothing at All." The bassist's horn-like, bebop-based phrasing is as engaging as it is inventive. His virtuosity is on full display as he manipulates the limitations of four strings on "Darn That Dream," done as a spirited waltz, and the Wayne Shorter ballad "Miyako."
Barron is allowed plenty of solo space to demonstrate his chameleon-like approach to jazz piano. With hard-swinging single-note lines ("Confirmation," "Take Your Time" and "Darn That Dream") and poignant phrasing ("Body and Soul," "Miyako"), the pianist glides through the session with assured ease.
S ends the disc with a solo-bass rendition of Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," utilizing blistering runs, double stops and chords, leaving no doubts about his stature as one of the preeminent bass voices in jazz today.
Track Listing: Confirmation; All or Nothing At All; Body And Soul; Take Your Time; Darn That Dream; Miyako; Isn't It Romantic?; Chelsea Bridge.
Personnel: Harvie S: bass; Kenny Barron: piano.
Record Label: Savant Records