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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Charlie Haden Quartet West (w/ ChamberOrchestra) - The Art of The Song [1999]

Bassist Charlie Haden was an integral part of Ornette Coleman's pioneering avant-garde groups in the '50s and '60s and led his own equally forward-thinking Liberation Music Orchestra. His ensemble Quartet West, with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, drummer Larance Marable, and pianist Alan Broadbent, revealed a sentimental side of his musical personality that surprised many. This recording, with string arrangements by Broadbent, sounds like a soundtrack to a Raymond Chandler film as Haden's sturdy bass tones make him a worthy supporting actor. But although Shirley Horn's ethereal voice sparkles on "Lonely Town," "In Love in Vain," and "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life," and crooner Bill Henderson's towering pipes are radiant on "Why Did I Choose You," "Ruth's Waltz," "You My Love," and "Easy on the Heart," all of the material is in pretty much the same ballad tempo, which, compounded by the time length of the CD, robs it of the romantic resonance it could truly shine on the listener. --Eugene Holley Jr.

The title of The Art of the Song should signal that the album is not the average effort from Charlie Haden. Instead of the adventurous instrumental post-bop that is his stock-in-trade, The Art of the Song finds him concentrating on songs, going so far to feature Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson on lead vocals on four songs apiece. As it turns out, it's not a great departure -- there's a moody, evocative tone that ties together his later works -- but it is enough to make The Art of the Song a distinctive, engaging work from an utterly original jazz musician. Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra Lonely Town
2 The Yearling, musical play Why Did I Choose You?
3 Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16 No. 3 in B minor
4 In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer")
5 Ruth's Waltz
6 Scenes From a Silver Screen
7 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
8 Young at Heart, film score You My Love
9 Prélude, for piano
10 The Folks Who Live On the Hill, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsome")
11 Easy On The Heart
12 Theme for Charlie
13 Wayfaring Stranger


  • At 3/08/2007 7:32 AM, Blogger Turk said…


  • At 3/08/2007 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice one! Thanks

  • At 3/17/2007 7:23 AM, Blogger ionplayer said…

    Sweet! This man is a genius.


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