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Jazz bassist Charlie Haden, part of groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Quartet, dies at 76

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden, part of groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Quartet, dies at 76

NEW YORK — Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76. Haden's wife of 30 years, singer Ruth Cameron, and his four children were ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK 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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ruth Cameron: Roadhouse

Read "Roadhouse" reviewed by Dave Nathan

A follow on to Ruth Cameron's first album for Verve, First Songs, her latest album also features a class standard play list with some differences. The most significant one is playing time. Her first album didn't even hit the 26-minute mark, while this one offers more than an hour of music. The theme of this album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ruth Cameron: Roadhouse

Read "Roadhouse" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

The skepticism that greeted Ruth Cameron's debut album, First Songs, was palpable. Fairly or unfairly, the CD was considered by many to be less about the discovery of a new jazz singer than about Verve keeping its star bassist Charlie Haden, Ms. Cameron's husband, happy. Although it proved she was a good singer, Ms. Cameron's work ...