This is the first of the duo albums of Jim Hall and Ron Carter, and it captures the discovery and delight the two found in their early collaboration. Together, these giants of their instruments comprise a dream string section. Anticipating one another, often seeming to think with one mind, they produce chamber music of the highest order. Exploring the possibilities in six standard songs (Sonny Rollins's "St. Thomas" had long since become a standard) and two originals, Carter and Hall employ a great sense of fun in the serious business of music making. Among the highlights: a romp through "St. Thomas," their moving treatment of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss," and Hall's earthy "Whose Blues."