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Art As Conversation

NPR's Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.

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"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Left to right: Craig Taborn (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Kevin Eubanks (electric guitar), Eric Harland (drums). Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD. Ken Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz bassist Dave Holland (left) and flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela spent three years recording Hands, their new album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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During his nearly 50-year career, Dave Holland has appeared on, he figures, roughly 200 albums. AFP hide caption

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George Wein's Newport All-Stars perform at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival. Michael Weintrob Photography hide caption

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