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Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau 'Long Ago and Far Away' is surely one of this year's finds / the arts fuse

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Recorded on November 5, 2007, Long Ago and Far Away is a live duet album that sounds, at least to this listener, like a final shoe dropping. It's the fourth disc featuring bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau, chronologically their third session together. Mehldau seems to have been Haden's discovery. In her notes to the album, the bassist's widow, Ruth Cameron Haden, writes in breathless detail about how the two musicians first met. Haden and wife were at a jazz festival in the Laurel Mountains on September 19, 1993. (She even remembers the date!) They were walking by a concert hall; through a closed door, Haden heard a pianist soloing. Transfixed, he stopped, entered, and found Mehldau at the keyboard. "He is special, so unique," Haden proclaimed; he became Mehldau's biggest fan. 'Long Ago and Far Away' is surely one of the finds of the year 

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