God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Label: Universal Music Group International
Haden and Jones recorded their first duo in 1995, the sublime, deeply personal Steal Away, a collection of hymns, spirituals and folk tunes. The same concept and elegantly understated playing is behind this, their immaculate follow-up, recorded just before Jones' death in 2010. Though Jones was 91, his treatment of these simple songs is loving, powerful and lyrical. On Sunday standards like "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" and "Down By the Riverside," there is not only a deeply spiritual connection between the players, but also between two deeply spiritual men and their maker.