Charlie Haden: Land Of The Sun (2004)
"Solamente Una Vez" wraps itself in golden cascades from Gonzalo Rubalcaba's piano. Tenderly, he treats the lovely ballad with honor. Gradually, he pours forth the heartfelt meaning of the ballad, before inviting Haden to add his haunting soliloquy. Both pianist and bassist, quite at home with a ballad, caress each refrain with elaborate care.
Marroquín's "Nostalgia" pairs trumpeter Michael Rodriguez with saxophonist Joe Lovano in a roaming journey through pleasant surroundings. The ensemble colors its passionate statements with a sweeping, seamless motion. The music is at once proud and relaxed.
Saxophonist Miguel Zenon, along with Rodriguez and Lovano, improvise lovely soliloquies on Marroquín's "De Siempre," while Rubalcaba and flutist Oriente Lopez give the composer's "Añoranza" a sonorous wave. Haden begins Marroquín's waltz "Cuando Te Podré Olvidar" with a gentle bass melody that opens the door for a mercurial alto flute chorus and a dreamy flugelhorn outing.
The ensemble takes great care to preserve the composer's intended purpose. Rubalcaba's arrangements allow the group's soft, pastel colors to blend evenly. Haden's recommended Land Of The Sun breathes freely in an atmosphere where lyrical beauty holds due respect, and improvised expressions have no strings attached.
Track Listing: Fuiste T
Personnel: Charlie Haden- bass; Gonzalo Rubalcaba- piano, percussion; Ignacio Berroa- drums, percussion; Juan de la Cruz- bongos; Oriente Lopez- flute; Miguel Zenon- alto saxophone; Joe Lovano- tenor saxophone; Michael Rodriguez- trumpet, flugelhorn; Lionel Loueke, Larry Koonse- guitar
Record Label: Verve Music Group