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Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1794
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:13 pm:   Edit Post

Not an Alembic player, or even an electric player, but really, one of the greats, when it comes to expressing humanity through music. I'm sad to say I never saw him live, but I listened to him for hours.

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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3523
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:47 pm:   Edit Post

Charlie Haden was one of my favorite musicians of all time. His approach was so fresh and unique with the flow and beat of a never ending kaleidoscope of musicality . His mentation and tenacity to pry open the box of conformity and instill his inventiveness in passionate cohesion to the common good in the moment never made me want to stop listening and I was always left in amazement and delight to what I had heard him play __________ . I loved his soloing! I will be listening some more soon Mr. Haden _______.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1734
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

I am afraid I had not heard of Mr. Haden until this post, and I don't know if I've ever heard his playing (though the first sentence of his Wikipedia page mentions Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, & Carla Bley, which speaks volumes; I'll be Youtubing directly.)
I do know that the quote above is one I wish many more of the musicians I've known were familiar with!

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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1219
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 4:10 am:   Edit Post

Agreed; that quote from Charlie is brilliant.
And it explains why his daughters and son are such accomplished musicians. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 536
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 5:56 am:   Edit Post

One of true "masters." Although not as well known outside of the jazz world, IMHO he ranks right up there with Miles, Parker, Coltrane, Mingus and the other greats. Most people know him for his work with Ornette Coleman, but personally his efforts with Jarrett, Motian, and Redman as well as his own Liberation Music Orchestra stand out as his best. So tasteful, so soulful. It's a shame the world has lost such a gentle and caring soul.
Advanced Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 263
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11422
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8:34 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Edwin, and great quote. Nice video choice, John.

Coleman's 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come, with Haden, Don Cherry, and Billy Higgins, is considered an important album in jazz history; and I think Haden's playing is integral to the album's importance. Here is part of a BBC documentary on four great albums that came out in 1959; this part talks about The Shape of Jazz to Come and includes Haden talking about the music the quartet was playing at the time. (The whole documentary on all four albums is great and well worth watching.)
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 354
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post

Oh my, another bass playing star in heaven... A great loss indeed. My first exposure to Haden´s work was almost by accident, as I as a teenager, was just discovering Pat Metheny´s work in the 1980`s. After listening to some Metheny material in a radio program where a former music teacher of mine was invited as a guest, I went to a record store and in all naiveté asked "Do you have any Pat Metheny record?" to which the clerk answered "Yes, we´ve just got his latest one". It ended up being "Song X", probably the album that took me the longest to understand in my whole life. Haden played there, and still when I was totally uncapable then of understanding what went wrong in there (specially since that was not what I remembered from what I heard on that radio whos -basically "Offramp" and "First Circle", which nave NOTHING in common with "Song X"- I certainly appreciated Haden´s artistry and chops. Years later I was exposed to more material, and with a little more wisdom, I was able to fully appreciate and enjoy it. Again, a sad loss...
Advanced Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 264
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 5:35 am:   Edit Post
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1739
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:45 pm:   Edit Post

Mr. Haden's obit from Premiere Guitar magazine.

Username: dead_head

Post Number: 34
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:03 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice, Peter. Thanks for posting.
Username: wfmandmusic

Post Number: 83
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

One of my earliest influences and a brilliant musician. Man the next ten years is going to be rough on the music bis.
Advanced Member
Username: hankster

Post Number: 365
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 4:17 pm:   Edit Post

Haden was a true genius. Supercreative, supportive player, comfortable across the entire jazz spectrum, with a deep, warm, powerful sound. A great voice gone.
Username: mica

Post Number: 8211
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 3:02 pm:   Edit Post

One of my dad's favorites of all time. Glad we were all able to enjoy his inspired work.

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