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ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Haden / Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings

Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Formed by bassist Charlie Haden in 1969 to protest America's war in Vietnam/Indochina, the Liberation Music Orchestra has reconvened roughly every ten years to record musical protest in the face of major injustices. Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings was inspired by concern at global ecological destruction, and to that end the music has a pervasive melancholy colored by the LMO's signature lyricism, and broken up by stirring collective and individual passages. The LMO's personnel has ...

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Remembering Charlie Haden

Read "Remembering Charlie Haden" reviewed by Michael Ricci

We're celebrating the spirited life and music of bassist Charlie Haden (1937-2014) who passed away on July 11th. We've included links to four archived interviews as well as our coverage of Mr. Haden's music from years past. Charlie Haden: An Analog Guy in a Digital World (2004) Born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden came up in a musical family. After moving around the Midwest, he eventually settled in Los Angeles playing bass with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Haden / Hank Jones: Come Sunday

Read "Come Sunday" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Come Sunday continues the dialog between two jazz masters--bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones--that began with 1995's Steal Away (Verve). The topic of discussion concerns hymns, spirituals, and beloved tunes which are, without a doubt, personal and familiar to both musicians. Jones (the elder sibling of jazz luminaries Elvin Jones and Thad Jones) was the son of a devout Baptist deacon while Haden grew up performing in his family's radio show, which included country and American folk music.

LIVE REVIEW

Charlie Haden Quartet West: Norwich, UK May 19, 2011

Read "Charlie Haden Quartet West: Norwich, UK May 19, 2011" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Charlie Haden Quartet WestSt Peter Mancroft ChurchNorwich, UKMay 19, 2011 The warm and sunny spring weather meant that queuing outside the venue was more of a pleasure than a chore for the jazz fans waiting to see and hear Charlie Haden Quartet West in the impressive surroundings of St Peter Mancroft church, in the centre of Norwich. Good-natured conversation, often with strangers, added to the pleasure and when the doors of this beautiful Norfolk church ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Haden Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Chris May

Gorgeous, poised and inviting. And that's just the sister on the cover of bassist Charlie Haden's latest with-singers-and-strings album. It's a retro design which, like the disc it packages, was inspired by Capitol Records' distinctive jazz-inflected vocal albums of the early 1960s. Your parents got off on this stuff big time back in the day, while you were busy listening to singer Bob Dylan and saxophonist Ornette Coleman and preparing for a little therapeutic rioting. But time passes and age ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy

Read "Rambling Boy" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when family entertainment often consisted of coming together to sing and play; when music was not just an oral tradition but a means of engendering familial closeness. A time long past, it contrasts with the contemporary reality of disenfranchised children, in no small part the result of a society where double incomes and relinquishing responsibility for raising a family has become the norm. Bassist Charlie Haden knows the value of family. Before he was the groundbreaking ...

LIVE REVIEW

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2008: Days 7-8, June 26-27, 2008

Read "Ottawa Jazz Festival 2008: Days 7-8, June 26-27, 2008" reviewed by John Kelman

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Return to Forever / Charlie Haden Quartet West TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 26-27, 2008

It was certainly the most eagerly anticipated show of the 2008 TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival and, with 11,500 eager fans squeezing into Confederation Park, it was also the highest attendance for any show in ...


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