The shy duo date of vocalist/violinist Petra Haden and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is a delicate flower with deep roots. Quiet, intimate and softly floating, this album is an eclectic mix of mild-mann

The shy duo date of vocalist/violinist Petra Haden and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is a delicate flower with deep roots. Quiet, intimate and softly floating, this album is an eclectic mix of mild-mannered pop tunes that matter. There's chemistry between Haden and Frisell—the former a founder of the hip, now-defunct '90s Los Angeles pop band that dog and daughter of jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and the latter a musical omnivore who loves folk-based tunes, even though he can tastefully shred strings in the right jazz setting. Here, Frisell is a puppy dog of instrumental support while Haden gently sings and colors with strings. In addition to noteworthy covers of Coldplay's "Yellow" and Stevie Wonder's "I Believe," H&F shine on their moody crawl through "Moon River" and their exploration of traditional Tuvan song "Bai-la Taigam."—DO

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