Two great later albums from guitar legend Jimmy Raney – back to back in a single set! First up is Stolen Moments – a sweet set that has Jimmy's guitar matched with that of son Doug – both players working rhythm and melody, and skipping around each other in this joyous way that's quite different from some of Jim's earlier work. That sublime Raney tone is still very firmly in place – but it's matched by the youthful energy of Doug, too – and given a gentle swing that's really appreciated, thanks to work from Michael Moore on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Titles include "Jonathan's Waltz", "Stolen Moments", "I Should Care", "Samba Teekens", and "Alone Together". Duets features spare strings – just the guitars of Doug and Jimmy Raney, working together in a set of mostly standards – swinging things surprisingly well, even without any other players helping them out – thanks to a natural sense of rhythm in both musicians! The pairing of the instruments is wonderful here – sensitive collaboration that has each of them shading their sounds, inflecting their tones, and really finding a way to support without overwhelming each other – the kind of father/
son relationship that's already quite rare, and just about non-existent in music! The interplay is wonderful – no "two generations" gimmick at all, and instead just some really well-matched players who clearly delight in finding new ways to work together. Titles include "Action", "Invitation", "My One & Only Love", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Oleo", and "It Might As Well Be Spring".