I had the chance to catch a rare duo concert that Charlie Haden did with pianist Kenny Barron last night at Spivey Hall near Atlanta, GA. The venue held maybe 2-300 people at most, and the acoustics were darn near perfect. It was incredible. I told the girl when I ordered tickets that I was a bassist and would love to sit as close as possible... she proceeded to give me tickets right in front of Charlie, maybe 2 rows back from the front. It was perfect. Afterward, Charlie was gracious enough to talk briefly with me and was very encouraging in my own musical pursuits. Needless to say, I was honored to hear such a legend play in an intimate setting like that, and to speak with him afterward was even better. Hearing him on records is great, but until you hear that sound live, it just doesn't register with you fully. Charlie hit one note at one point, a low A I think, and I almost cried. Anyway... If you get a chance to see/hear Charlie in a context like this, don't miss it. It was wonderful.