Album: Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias, Swept Away (ECM)


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Bassist Johnson and pianist Elias are partners in life as well as music, and this delightfully dreamy album of 11 songs suggests the domestic scale and unforced intimacy of an interior by the French painter Pierre Bonnard.

It's essentially a trio set with regular drummer Joey Baron, but the added treat is the presence of saxophonist Joe Lovano on several tracks. As sensitive, small-group jazz goes, this is close to definitive.