Freefall

In the pairing of the elegant young violinist Regina Carter and the equally sublime veteran pianist Kenny Barron, what you see is what you get—and that's a good thing here.

In the pairing of the elegant young violinist Regina Carter and the equally sublime veteran pianist Kenny Barron, what you see is what you get—and that's a good thing here. Although duets between violin and piano in a jazz setting are uncommon, the kinship between these classically influenced musicians is immediately apparent. Navigating a set of extended works—the shortest track comes in at just under five minutes, the longest more than 11—Carter and Barron match each other at every turn, voicing melodies with aching melancholy while improvising freely around the sparse arrangements. Although the music is a bit laid-back at times, many passages build slowly into sections that sizzle and yet maintain an undeniable grace—as on Sting's "Fragile," where statements of the original song's melody give way to inventions wholly Barron and Carter's own.—SG