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Charlie Haden is an NEA Jazz Master

“No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.” (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly)

Time Magazine has hailed jazz legend Charlie Haden as “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.” Haden's career which has spanned more than fifty years has encompassed such genres as free jazz, Portuguese fado and vintage country — the last of which is featured on his latest album, Rambling Boy — not to mention a consistently revolving roster of sidemen and bandleaders that reads like a list from some imaginary jazz hall of fame.

Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in August 1937, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents’ country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1956 left America’s heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Dexter Gordon and Paul Bley.

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”No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.” (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly)

Charlie Haden is “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.” (Jay Cocks, Time Magazine)

Haden...” revolutionized the harmonic concept of bass playing in jazz. His ability to create serendipitous harmonies by improvising melodic responses to Coleman’s fee-form solos (rather than sticking to predetermined harmonies) was both radical and mesmerizing. His virtuosity lies…in an incredible ability to make the double bass ‘sound out’ and Haden cultivates the instrument’s gravity as no one else in jazz

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Brent Jensen
saxophone, alto
Ken Lister
bass, acoustic
Daphna Sadeh
bass, acoustic
Doug Smith
bass, acoustic
Richard Andersson
bass, acoustic
Bjoern Meyer
bass, electric
Adam Armstrong
bass, acoustic
Arthur Sadowsky
bass, electric
Steve Messick
bass, acoustic
Endemic Ensemble
band/orchestra
Massimiliano Rolff
bass, acoustic
Walter Areia
bass, acoustic
Antero Priha
trumpet
Greg Cordez
bass, acoustic
Björn Meyer
bass, electric
Luca Curcio
bass, acoustic
Toggi Jonsson
bass, acoustic
Gregg Fine
guitar
Marco Rottoli
bass, acoustic
Paco Reinaldet
saxophone, soprano
Huw V Williams
bass, acoustic
Matteo Mosolo
bass, acoustic
CODE Quartet
band/orchestra

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Long Ago and Far Away

Impulse! Records
2018

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Charlie Haden - Jim...

Impulse! Records
2014

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Last Dance

ECM Records
2014

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Come Sunday

EmArcy
2012

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