Charlie Haden explains that his focus for Land Of The Sun rests firmly on "three great composers who reflect the beauty of the music of Mexico." José Sabre Marroquín, Armando Manzanero and Augustín Lara have given us a treasury of graceful themes that reflect a society where music has never taken a back seat, and a country that is proud to preserve its traditions. With his deep bass gently pushing its lyrical framework along rustic breezes, the ensemble is free to explore lush harmonic relationships and suave ballad outlines.
"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 Tu, Sueno Solo Con Tu Amor, Cancion De Cuna, Solomente Una Vez, Nostalgia, De Siepre, Anoranza, Cuando Te Podre Olvidar, Esta Tarde Vi Llover, Paolo's Song
Personnel: Charlie Haden—bass; Gonzalo Rubalcala-piano; Ignacio Berroa—drums; with: Joe Lovano—tenor saxophone; Miguel Zenon—alto saxophone; Michael Rodriquez—trumpet, flugelhorn; Oriente Lopez—flute; Larry Koonse, Lionel Louke—guitar; uan De La Cruz—percussion
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it
I love jazz because, even after many years as a professional performer, teacher and author on the subject, this music still possesses the element of deep mystery and surprise. I recently heard somebody say that if you can explain something, you take the mystery out of it. Not in this case! It seems that with every explanation, new questions arise exponentially! It's like the universe is constantly inviting (challenging) you to grow musically.