I've written reviews on some weird writings, so I thought perhaps I could come back to earth and write about some simple emotional music for a change. For those of you who pay no attention to jazz, Pat Matheny is probably the most melodic of jazz guitarists. Even when he's playing with blazing speed, his solos are singable and full of emotion. Charlie Haden is one of the finest bass players in jazz. He is worked in free jazz with Ornette Coleman and he has also worked with more traditional jazz musicians as well. Neither is new to the jazz world and frankly, neither is really young, either. Perhaps that's why they both decided to do this CD. Both are from Missouri and both grew up with the great country/western and folk tradition of the midwest and farm country. Even when they are playing the most far out jazz, they maintain their wonderful melodic sense. For this CD, only the two play. Yes, there are overdubs. Matheny plays both rhythm and lead guitar as well as some keyboard accompaniment as well. That does not detract from the overall performance. It's the music. In addition to some originals, they also do beautifully emotional versions of the old Roy Acuff song "The Precious Jewel", the traditional folk song "He's Gone Away" and a literally heart wrenching performance of the lovely Jim Webb song "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" made famous by Judy Collins. The entire CD is wonderful, but I think perhaps the last piece tells the story best. It's called "Spiritual" and it was written by Charlie's 17 year old son, Josh Haden. Again, melodic, emotionally compelling and so sweet to listen to. If you are a jazz fan, you HAVE to have this CD. If you are a folk or country fan, you have to hear what two great jazz musicians, playing without competitiveness or trying to show off can do with great country or folk songs. If you love melodic and emotionally compelling music, you also have to hear this CD. No artifice, no faking, no "I'm so great" solos, just two guys reliving their own pasts and telling us all about it with tears, smiles and warmth. Try it, you will like it.