CD-R. Cold, refined but utterly transcendental blues minimalism, documenting a duo performance by Jon Collin and Sarah Hughes that took place barely two months ago at Rhizome in Washington, DC. With its small-hours echoes of John Surman’s classic ECM outings and the mighty Vor Der Flut compilation, this disc has knocked us for six - Collin using his treated, tremulous guitar sorcery to create sparse, impressionistic but utterly absorbing environments for his collaborator’s woodwind and reeds to roam in and grapple with. Hughes’ interventions begin as ghostly residue, a droning spirit-world rebuke to the alive and unseeing and ungrateful, but then swell unexpectedly, and ecstatically, to climaxes of weeping, plangent, unaffected jazz lyricism. And back again. If this one does anything for you, make sure you check Collin and Jordan Perry’s Charlottesville, 10 April 2019, which is also newly available courtesy of Early Music. You need both sets, to be honest, but the Hughes/Collin disc is just extraordinary… one of the year’s finest, no doubt.