This pair's musical relationship had spanned 25 years when they undertook this program of originals. In the past, they'd improvised on standards; but here the music is more personal and the emphasis falls on dialogues between the instruments, as opposed to solos. In sum, more risk equals more rewards.
"If I name my influences … Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery. There's a connection between all those people. And I think it's that they played with a slightly softer sound and still projected a lot of feeling and emotion and swing. They didn't have to play edgy to do that."—John Abercrombie, on NPR