CHARLIE HADEN

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Charles Edward "Charlie" Haden (August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014) was an American jazz double bass player, known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Keith Jarrett, and his Liberation Music Orchestra, a group he co-led with pianist Carla Bley.

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As a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman's early bands, bassist Charlie Haden became known as one of free jazz's founding fathers. Haden has never settled into any of jazz's many stylistic niches, however. Certainly he's played his share of dissonant music -- in the '60 and '70s, as a sideman with Coleman and Keith Jarrett, and as a leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, for instance -- but for the most part, he seems drawn to consonance. Witness his trio with saxophonist Jan Garbarek and guitarist Egberto Gismonti, whose ECM album Silence epitomized a profoundly lyrical and harmonically simple aesthetic, or his duo with guitarist Pat Metheny,
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CHARLIE HADEN Discography

CHARLIE HADEN albums / top albums

CHARLIE HADEN Liberation Music Orchestra album cover 3.60 | 5 ratings
Liberation Music Orchestra
Progressive Big Band 1970
CHARLIE HADEN 3.33 | 3 ratings
"Closeness" Duets
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
CHARLIE HADEN The Golden Number album cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
The Golden Number
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
CHARLIE HADEN As Long As There's Music (with Hampton Hawes) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
As Long As There's Music (with Hampton Hawes)
Post Bop 1978
CHARLIE HADEN Gitane (with Christian Escoudé) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gitane (with Christian Escoudé)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1979
CHARLIE HADEN Magico (with Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti) album cover 3.86 | 7 ratings
Magico (with Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1980
CHARLIE HADEN Folk Songs (with Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti) album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Folk Songs (with Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti)
World Fusion 1981
CHARLIE HADEN The Ballad of the Fallen (Liberation Music Orchestra) album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
The Ballad of the Fallen (Liberation Music Orchestra)
Progressive Big Band 1983
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Quartet West
Hard Bop 1987
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: In Angel City album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Quartet West: In Angel City
Hard Bop 1988
CHARLIE HADEN Etudes (with Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen) album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Etudes (with Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen)
Post Bop 1988
CHARLIE HADEN Silence album cover 3.02 | 2 ratings
Silence
Post Bop 1989
CHARLIE HADEN Liberation Music Orchestra: Dream Keeper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Liberation Music Orchestra: Dream Keeper
Progressive Big Band 1990
CHARLIE HADEN Dialogues (with Carlos Paredes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dialogues (with Carlos Paredes)
World Fusion 1990
CHARLIE HADEN First Song album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
First Song
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1992
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: Haunted Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quartet West: Haunted Heart
Hard Bop 1992
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: Always Say Goodbye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quartet West: Always Say Goodbye
Hard Bop 1994
CHARLIE HADEN Steal Away - Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs (with Hank Jones) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steal Away - Spirituals, Hymns And Folk Songs (with Hank Jones)
Jazz Related Gospel 1995
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: Now Is the Hour album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Quartet West: Now Is the Hour
Hard Bop 1996
CHARLIE HADEN Beyond The Missouri Sky (with Pat Metheny) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Missouri Sky (with Pat Metheny)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: The Art of the Song album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Quartet West: The Art of the Song
Hard Bop 1999
CHARLIE HADEN Nocturne album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Nocturne
Latin Jazz 2001
CHARLIE HADEN American Dreams (feat. Michael Brecker) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
American Dreams (feat. Michael Brecker)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
CHARLIE HADEN Land of the Sun album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Land of the Sun
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
CHARLIE HADEN Helium Tears album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Helium Tears
Fusion 2005
CHARLIE HADEN Not in Our Name (Liberation Music Orchestra) album cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Not in Our Name (Liberation Music Orchestra)
Progressive Big Band 2005
CHARLIE HADEN Rambling Boy (with  Family & Friends) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rambling Boy (with Family & Friends)
World Fusion 2008
CHARLIE HADEN Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies
Vocal Jazz 2010
CHARLIE HADEN Come Sunday (with Hank Jones) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Come Sunday (with Hank Jones)
Jazz Related Gospel 2011

CHARLIE HADEN EPs & splits

CHARLIE HADEN live albums

CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden & Hampton Hawes - As Long As There's Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden & Hampton Hawes - As Long As There's Music
Post Bop 1976
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden's Private Collection No. 1 (50th Birthday Concert) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Charlie Haden's Private Collection No. 1 (50th Birthday Concert)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
CHARLIE HADEN The Montreal Tapes (With Paul Bley and Paul Motian) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Montreal Tapes (With Paul Bley and Paul Motian)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
CHARLIE HADEN The Montreal Tapes (With Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Montreal Tapes (With Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
CHARLIE HADEN None But The Lonely Heart album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
None But The Lonely Heart
Hard Bop 1997
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson : None But The Lonely Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson : None But The Lonely Heart
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997
CHARLIE HADEN The Montréal Tapes (Paul Motian / Gonzalo Rubalcaba) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Montréal Tapes (Paul Motian / Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997
CHARLIE HADEN The Montréal Tapes (Geri Allen / Paul Motian) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Montréal Tapes (Geri Allen / Paul Motian)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1998
CHARLIE HADEN Night And The City (with Kenny Barron) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Night And The City (with Kenny Barron)
Post Bop 1998
CHARLIE HADEN The Montreal Tapes (Liberation Music Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Montreal Tapes (Liberation Music Orchestra)
Progressive Big Band 1999
CHARLIE HADEN In Montreal (with Egberto Gismonti) album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
In Montreal (with Egberto Gismonti)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2001
CHARLIE HADEN The Montreal Tapes: Tribute to Joe Henderson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Montreal Tapes: Tribute to Joe Henderson
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
CHARLIE HADEN Nightfall (with John Taylor) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nightfall (with John Taylor)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
CHARLIE HADEN Heartplay (with  Antonio Forcione ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heartplay (with Antonio Forcione )
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
CHARLIE HADEN The Private Collection album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Private Collection
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden & Jim Hall : Live from Montreal International Jazz Festival, Canada 1990 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden & Jim Hall : Live from Montreal International Jazz Festival, Canada 1990
Hard Bop 2014
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba : Tokyo Adagio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba : Tokyo Adagio
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
CHARLIE HADEN Liberation Music Orchestra : Time / Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Liberation Music Orchestra : Time / Life
Progressive Big Band 2016
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden / Brad Mehldau : Long Ago And Far Away album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden / Brad Mehldau : Long Ago And Far Away
Post Bop 2018
CHARLIE HADEN Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra Live 1993 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra Live 1993
Progressive Big Band 2020

CHARLIE HADEN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CHARLIE HADEN re-issues & compilations

CHARLIE HADEN The Best Of Quartet West album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Quartet West
Hard Bop 2007
CHARLIE HADEN The Montreal Tapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Montreal Tapes
Post Bop 2009
CHARLIE HADEN The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note
Post Bop 2010

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CHARLIE HADEN Magico (with Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti)

Album · 1980 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SOUND...

Whenever anyone brings up the much-discussed subject of the "ECM Sound", the first album I think of is Magico by Egberto Gismonti (guitars/piano), Jan Garbarek (saxophones), and Charlie Haden (bass). This is one of those unlikely "all-star" aggregations ECM Records specialized in during the late 1970s (see also: Abercrombie/Holland/DeJohnette and Rypdal/Vitous/DeJohnette). Released in 1980 to minor acclaim, this album today is seen as a forerunner to what we now refer to as "World Fusion".

Most listeners bring pre-conceptions to a recording like this, so let's deal with them right away. The lack of a drummer/percussionist does not make this a "quiet album", especially with Garbarek's piercing (no flute) tones sprinkled liberally throughout. A close listen also reveals this is not a "loosely structured jam session" as much thought was obviously given to the arrangements and double-tracking (especially Gismonti's intricate solo above his playing on "Magico"). While a previous familiarity with the performers will best prepare one for this aural soundscape, this album remains very accessible and was my first introduction to the music of both Gismonti and Haden over 25 years ago.

So what can one expect? Gismonti is the dominant voice both figuratively and literally: like on most of his recordings, "Bailarina" includes some brief ad-libbed vocals. There are a multitude of versions of Haden's "Silence" on the market, but this album's is the finest: 16 repeated chords on the piano above solos by Garbarek, Haden, Garbarek (again), and Gismonti. Garbarek's "Spor" features some of Haden's darkest arco playing, and Gismonti's "Palhaco" with its gospel-tinged piano is the peaceful closer with its other-worldly, haunted atmosphere.

The masterful performances throughout this album make Magico a true highlight in the voluminous catalogs of all three players. Never before has ECM's original motto "The Most Beautiful Sound Next To Silence" been more appropriate. Let it also be known that this same trio recorded a follow-up album (Folk Songs) 5 months later that is nowhere near as good as Magico. And just what is that artful cover supposed to signify: is it trees behind powerlines, or painted industrial siding super-imposed over trees?

CHARLIE HADEN Silence

Album · 1989 · Post Bop
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snobb
In September 1987 Charlie Haden recorded an excellent piano trio album with pianist Geri Allen and drummer Paul Motian called "Etudes". Released the following year on the Italian Soul Note label, it opened with Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and continued with mostly originals by the band members, all boppish and swinging.

Three months after the "Etudes" sessions, Haden recorded more material in a Roman studio, but with a very different team this time. Billy Higgins replaces Paul Motian, lyrical Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi replaces Geri Allen, and even more, now there is a trumpeter on board, none other than Chet Baker. The end results became the album "Silence".

As one can expect, the music on "Silence" is different from "Etudes". With full respect to Baker's early albums, his participation on jazz albums in the 80s hardly adds a lot of pluses. His name and his voice can still attract nostalgic listeners, but his trumpet playing is hardly competitive compared with the artists he is working with. Even worse, there seems to be a rather pointless and commercial attempt to exploit Baker's past, you can't return the atmosphere back to the cool jazz era in the late 80s, added with Pieranunzi's melancholic mainstream slick piano sounds, its all quite artificial, out of time and place, a not too successful imitation.

This is still a product of classy musicians, so maybe it could attract fans of sentimental Italian jazz from the 70s, which, with varying success tried to combine American jazz traditions with Italian melodic lyricism and sentimentality.

CHARLIE HADEN The Golden Number

Album · 1977 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett's bassist for decades, and one of the last living "jazz golden age" legends, Charlie Haden passed away two weeks ago. Besides countless collaborative works, he left numerous collections of his own albums. For decades, his projects such as the Liberation Music Orchestra or Quartet West were among the most popular on the international jazz scene.

Besides the aforementioned groups, Haden also released a series of duets, which even if they were not so well-known, often contain a lot of interesting material. Haden's first duet sessions took place in early '76, when four compositions were recorded. The first four songs (duets with Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Ornette Coleman and Alice Coltrane) were released that same year as "Closeness" on the tiny Horizon Records And Tapes label. A year later, Horizon released the rest of the material (the choice of compositions for the former release is a bit strange since the outtakes, released later, are quite often stronger than what was released first).

So, the album of four "outtakes", each contains a Haden duet with either Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Ornette Coleman or pianist Hampton Haves. What a great time it was, when such compositions were counted as "outtakes", for the coming decades, even leading jazz albums will hardly contain such material!

"The Golden Number" opens with Haden's tuneful composition (all but one song on this album are Haden's, the other one - Coleman's) on which Cherry's trumpet flies over Charlie's almost lazy bass. Cherry's trumpet solo is quite lyrical and with no doubt one of his most beautiful ever played (he plays flute on this song as well).

The second and final composition on side A is a duet with tenor Archie Shepp - and it's a bomb. Twelve minutes long, this song is driven by Shepp's soulful and bopish sax from the very first seconds. In the mid-70s Archie Shepp was in transition leaving his early explosive free sax attacks and searching for new ground. Similarly, with his own albums of that period, he plays something between free-bop and balladry, still quite free though. On this duet, Haden is obviously on back-up, supporting Shepp's speech-like sax soloing.

"Turnaround" is originally an Ornette Coleman composition, but here it is played by Haden and pianist Hampton Hawes. Hampton Hawes is a great pianist, but the more traditional of all the collaborators on this album, so the whole thing sounds really nice, but a bit out of place between the others. Haden demonstrates his hard-bop abilities (Hawes is the obvious leader anyway). After "Golden Number", Haden's next release will be a collection of duets with Hampton Hawes, which sounds better all in one place (probably because the music on this next album is more homogeneous, not contrasting as on here).

The closer is the almost thirteen minutes long title composition, the duet with Ornette Coleman. Surprisingly, it's very tuneful and lyrical, even sentimental, not what you usually can expect from Coleman. Having been collaborators for years, Coleman and Haden demonstrate excellent communication and rare emotional relations, making this song an excellent final for this great (if too short) album.

Charlie Haden's fame comes not from his formidable technique, but from his tunes, collaborations, and the variety of collectives he founded and led, from the emotional atmosphere of his music and his naively optimistic political manifests. "The Golden Number" may not be Haden's best record, but it may be the right candidate to listen to now, just for remembering Charlie, because of its intimate atmosphere and bare-naked simplicity, which is so close to greatness.

All eight duets, recorded in 1976, and released originally on two Horizon vinyls, were later re-released on one CD, which is probably the easiest way to listen to this music.

CHARLIE HADEN Night And The City (with Kenny Barron)

Live album · 1998 · Post Bop
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The interesting thing about this album is the lack of a drummer. But despite this, Charlie Haden and Kenny Barron together keep time really well.

Throughout this live performance Barron and Haden play the tunes and trade solos that distinctly contrast from each other. Charlie Haden plays primarily slow lyrical lines when Kenny Barron plays faster and longer licks that seem to be partially Oscar Peterson inspired. Although I am impressed with this piano player and his ideas, there's nothing special on this album that really seems unique to me. For that I'd say it's a good, enjoyable listen, but not essential.

CHARLIE HADEN Etudes (with Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen)

Album · 1988 · Post Bop
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snobb
Double bassist Charlie Haden is probably better known for his collaborations with Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett or Pat Metheny, but as a leader he recorded many albums that cover a wide spectrum of genres from bop to avant-garde jazz.

"Etudes" is an excellent album of acoustic piano trio jazz - Haden with pianist Geri Allen and drummer Paul Motian play their versions of classic tunes plus some originals.

Not often can you find better interplay between three musicians - the album's music is quite warm, technically perfect and played with the intimate atmosphere of "classic jazz".

At the same time, this is not the atmosphere of a late night club, the musicians successfully strike a balance somewhere in between a small concert hall and a weekend jazz club afternoon spirit. Quite a rare great post-bop acoustic piano trio album to be coming from the late 80s.

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snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
genre's tag changed to contemporary
snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
you're right, it's not AG jazz, from first spin sounds as contemporary, we'll check and correct the genre's tag
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
'Land Of The Sun' is AG?
snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
moved
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I have the CD now, it says Charlie Haden/ Jan Garbarek/ Egberto Gismonti
By the way, IMO Magico is not Post Bop, more like World Fusion?

snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I added it under Garbarek, if it will be another info, we just will move it
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
in Amazon it's filed under Haden, I have the CD but it's out of reach soI can't check
snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Magico added, Folk Songs looks as Garbarek's album
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
'Folk Songs' should be added
idlero wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Where should Magico and Folk Songs be listed-under Haden, Garbarek, Gismonti or under each of them?

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