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Charlie Haden


“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 {{m: Charlie Haden = 7320}} 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


Mephistopholes To Orgasm Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2024
Track listing: Mephistopheles; Parabola; Joseph; Straits Of Blagellan; Rapids; Outeroids; Orgasm.


Article: Album Review

Angles + Elle-Kari With Strings: The Death Of Kalypso

Read "The Death Of Kalypso" reviewed by Chris May

As a genre, jazz-opera is thinly populated. The recorded archive is marked more by quality than quantity, with albums by Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden to the fore. But the best ever jazz-opera, in this parish anyway, predates anything by these musicians. Composer Todd Matshikiza and lyricist Pat Williams' King Kong ...


Article: Play This!

David Sanborn: First Song

Read "David Sanborn: First Song" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There are many ways to remember David Sanborn and we decided to turn to the album that, in our conversation about his collaboration with Hal Willner, the legendary saxophonist described as his favorite, and also happens to be our favorite, Another Hand (Elektra Musician, 1991). It dates back to the time when Sanborn and Willner worked ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Julieta Eugenio, Lynne Arriale and Teddy Edwards

Read "Julieta Eugenio, Lynne Arriale and Teddy Edwards" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features current releases by musicians such as Julieta Eugenio, Lynne Arriale, and Owen Broder as well as older sounds from Teddy Edwards, Lisa Sokolov, and Carlos Santana. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Bass: Trio Nuevo

Read "Trio Nuevo" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

In a captivating showcase of musical virtuosity and creative synergy, pianist Dave Bass' latest album Trio Nuevo transcends the traditional confines of jazz by seamlessly weaving together a variety of genres from Bach to bebop and beyond. Accompanying Bass on this musical adventure are bassist Tyler Miles and drummer Steve Helfand who prove to be exemplary ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Noah Haidu and Dave Bass: Mirror Images

Read "Noah Haidu and Dave Bass: Mirror Images" reviewed by Doug Collette

Noah Haidu and Dave Bass may be too much the traditionalists to become true innovators, but such observations hardly dismiss their efforts as exceptional stylists. Both men's recent releases certify them as musicians who can reliably remind us where the most fruitful sources of inspiration lie in terms of both material and musicianship. Bass' Trio Nuevo ...


Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith / Amina Claudine Myers: Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens

Read "Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Wadada Leo Smith has produced a number of small masterpieces in the form of themed box sets. The prolific composer/trumpeter has aged into a creative period analogous to few of his contemporaries. His monumental Ten Freedom Summers (TUM, 2013)--a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--America's National Parks (Cuneiform Records, 2016), and ...


Article: Interview

Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified

Read "Albert "Tootie" Heath: Class Personified" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

This article was first published on All About Jazz on March 9, 2015. Albert “Tootie" Heath is among the drummers who lived--and thrived--during what many call the golden age of jazz, the '40s, '50, early '60s. He's enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He ...


Article: Live Review

Pat Metheny at the Kaufmann Concert Hall

Read "Pat Metheny at the Kaufmann Concert Hall" reviewed by Chris DeRosa

Pat Metheny Kaufmann Concert Hall (The 92nd Street Y) Pat Metheny's “Dream Box Tour" New York, NYApril 7, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Pat Metheny has been at the forefront of jazz guitar for more than 40 years. His career ...


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