- Released: March 10, 1998
- Label: Polygram Records
Down Beat - 5/98, p.624 stars (out of 5)
- "...the well-chosen tunes suggest a romanticized, after-hours setting, enhanced by the gentle clatter of glasses and plates. Barron and Haden interact as equal partners throughout..."
- 1.Twilight Song
- 2.For Heaven's Sake
- 3.Spring Is Here
- 4.Body and Soul
- 5.You Don't Know What Love Is
- 6.Waltz for Ruth
- 7.The Very Thought of You
Personnel: Charlie Haden (bass); Kenny Barron (piano).
Recorded live at Iridium, New York, New York from September 20-22, 1996. Includes liner notes by Rafi Zabor and Mark Strand.
NIGHT AND THE CITY was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group. "For Heaven's Sake" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
Personnel: Kenny Barron (piano); Charlie Haden (acoustic bass).
Audio Mixer: Jay Newland.
Liner Note Author: Rafi Zabor.
Recording information: Iridium, New York, NY (09/20/1996-09/22/1996).
Photographer: John Lamb.
Unknown Contributor Role: Mark Strand .
Jazz grows well in a city environment, the sound of piano keys like points of light from a thousand windows, bass tones falling in patterns below like black streets shining in the rain. Relive a night in the NYC basement jazz club Iridium, with the bloom of music engulfing you like it did the audience that night. Pianist Barron explores sophisticated harmonic ideas while remaining eminently listenable. Haden's bass is no background support here, but a full partner, allowing one to experience the dark, wide places in one's consciousness where the flowers of ideas and feelings rest. Inspiring prose and poetry are also offered, in the liner notes by Rafi Zabor and Mark Strand.