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Charlie Haden: Nocturne

Jim Santella By

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What do you hear in darkness? The little things? Sounds that go unnoticed during the day. Crickets, creaking hinges, softly purring machinery, the hum of automobile traffic, and perhaps a distant television or radio. Night creatures are everywhere; but you don't see them. You hear the same things they hear, though; and it helps you to concentrate on your work.

Charlie Haden's ballad album, Nocturne , follows from his love of film noir. Like his Quartet West, this augmented trio interprets scenery with a lyrical ear. Consisting of slow dances with moody melodies, the program contains the essence of romance. Whether the melody comes from violin, saxophone, guitar, piano or bass, it always comes close to saying "Besame mucho."

Boleros allow the artists considerable freedom. The session is quiet, and Haden's bass solos flow seamlessly between the scenes. His album paints a different side of Latin jazz than the one that usually comes to mind. Instead of driving rhythms and powerful percussion, Haden's session relies on lyrics and harmony. No, lyrics aren't employed overtly here; however, they're always at the center of each lovely melody.

Valentine's Day is coming. Nocturne has a romantic spirit that no one could possibly miss. It's what the world needs now.


Track Listing: En la Orilla del Mundo (At the Edge of the World); Noche de Ronda (Night of Wandering); Nocturnal; Moonlight (Claro de Luna); Yo sin Ti (Me without You); No Te Empe

Personnel: Charlie Haden- bass; Gonzalo Rubalcaba- piano; Ignacio Berroa- drums, percussion; Joe Lovano, David Sanchez- tenor saxophone; Federico Britos Ruiz- violin; Pat Metheny- acoustic guitar on "Noche de Ronda."

Title: Nocturne | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Verve Music Group


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