Just Released! Magico (Charlie, Egberto & Jan)

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Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti / Charlie Haden
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Jan Garbarek: tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, percussion
Egberto Gismonti: guitars, piano
Charlie Haden: double-bass

This all-star trio came together in the late 70s/early 80s and made just two magical studio recordings for ECM. The band performed in Europe during the few years it existed. ECM producer Manfred Eicher discovered, after more than three decades in the ECM archive, an astonishing live recording of the band from a concert in his home town of Munich which he has now newly mixed in 96 kHz/24 bit.

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Nate Chinen on Charlie Haden and Hank Jones’ ‘Come Sunday’

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The American standard “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” has received no shortage of noble ministrations since it was composed, by the Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, some 80 years ago. Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin are most famously associated with the song, but there are also popular recordings by Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Nina Simone and many others, and what they all have in common is a reverential pathos, the suggestion of human frailty in the face of the divine. The song’s second verse cuts to the heart of mortal supplication:

When my way grows drear
Precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Those lyrics haunted my head as I encountered the instrumental version of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” that opens Come Sunday, a new Emarcy release from bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones. The reasons should be obvious: Jones, who was 91 when the album was recorded, in February of 2010, died just three months later. His passing was widely mourned in the jazz community, especially by those musicians, like Haden, who had counted him among their dearest elders.

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Body & Soul …

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“Chris (Anderson) is risking his life with every chord, that’s how much it means to him. He has such a reverence for beauty, he plays like an angel.”
- Charlie Haden

This recording marks a very important occasion for the two musicians, and is the result of three days of intensive rehearsal and recording. The venue was Cami Hall in New York, chosen for its location, acoustic properties, character and charm. This album is a feat of improvisation and none of the spontaneity is lost through the recording of their music on to tape.

Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson: None But The Lonely Heart



Monday afternoon …


“We’re here to bring beauty to the world and make a difference in this planet. That’s what art forms are about.” – Charlie Haden



Charlie w/Keith Jarrett & Paul Motian


Sheer brilliance …. Do you agree?


“Everything That Lives Laments” circa 1972



Haden Does Hendrix with Friends

One of the rare gifts that Charlie always brings to any musical context is his ability to fit in and shape whatever is being played on the bandstand regardless of the instrumentation and repertoire.

Here is a great illustration of Charlie’s magical aura featuring Toots Thielemans, David Sanborn, Nick Cave and others performing the Jimi Hendrix classic “Hey Joe.”



Charlie’s NEA Jazz Masters Award Speech

For those who may have missed Charlie’s NEA Jazz Masters Award thank you speech in January, here it is:

“THANK-YOU NEA FOR THIS WONDERFUL AWARD. I’M DEEPLY HONORED.

I’VE ALWAYS FELT VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN THIS COUNTRY SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THAT CAME FROM THE APPALACHIAN AND OZARK MOUNTAINS WHERE I WAS BORN.

I STARTED SINGING ON MY FAMILY’S RADIO SHOW WHEN I WAS TWO YEARS OLD. MY MOTHER USED TO TAKE ME TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH ONE OR TWO SUNDAYS A MONTH SO THAT WE COULD EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC. IT WAS SO INSPIRING.

MY FATHER TOOK ME TO MY FIRST JAZZ CONCERT IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI WHEN I WAS THIRTEEN. A LOT OF GREAT JAZZ MUSICIANS CAME FROM MISSOURI: CHARLIE PARKER, MILES DAVIS, JIMMY BLANTON.

I LEARNED AT A VERY YOUNG AGE THAT MUSIC TEACHES YOU ABOUT LIFE BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE IN THE MIDST OF IMPROVISATION THERE IS NO YESTERDAY AND NO TOMORROW – THERE IS ONLY THE MOMENT YOU ARE IN.

IN THAT BEAUTIFUL MOMENT YOU EXPERIENCE YOUR TRUE INSIGNIFICANCE TO THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE – AND IT IS THEN- THAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE YOUR TRUE SIGNIFICANCE TO THIS UNIVERSE.

I THANK THE NEA FOR THEIR VITAL SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS. I THANK MY FAMILY – MY PARENTS AND SIBLINGS WHO BEGAN MY MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH ME; MY SON JOSH, AND DAUGHTERS, PETRA, TANYA AND RACHEL; MY GRANDSONS SAMMY, TOMMY AND CHASE.

I THANK MY WIFE, RUTH CAMERON, WITHOUT WHOSE DEDICATION AND LOVE I WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY.

I THANK ALL THE WONDERFUL MUSICIANS WHO HAVE INSPIRED ME OVER THE YEARS FROM BACH TO RACHMANINOV TO CHARLIE PARKER TO THE GREAT ORNETTE COLEMAN AND MANY MORE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES.

I AM TRULY HUMBLED.”

Charlie Haden, January 10, 2012

Jan. 10th: New Release “Come Sunday” Now Available!

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In 1995, jazz legends bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Hank Jones recorded a milestone of eloquent music, Steal Away, based largely on traditional spirituals and folk songs. The New York Times called the Grammy-nominated duo album “exquisite,” while another reviewer wrote, “This is music by two masters, immersing themselves in a profound stream of American music.”

Nearly 17 years later arrives the luminous follow-up, Come Sunday, recorded in February 2010 shortly before Jones passed away. It’s another magical and reverent collaboration that plumbs the lyrical and transcendent depth of hymns, carols, spirituals, folk songs and classic tunes.



Photo credit: Kris King

Welcome…

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Greetings Gates* and all you music lovers – and if you weren’t one before you entered the site, hopefully you will be one upon leaving us.

It was time to update this site with the ability to respond in a timely fashion to the ever-changing world. We have a great team ready to
inform you.

It’s been a year of wonderful surprises for me one of which was to be awarded the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the 2012 NEA Jazz Master’s Award. More on that and other events in the news section.

I hope you find this new website both inspiring and informative – it goes along with our commitment to making beautiful music. We’ll have some special treats to post here from time to time (do check out my Turntable blog – just scroll down from here).

This should be a new year for communication – you ask and I’ll answer when I have the opportunity so write me about what is going on: charlie@charliehadenmusic.com

Our voices may be in the minority because that’s our fate, but our hopes are in the majority because that’s our will.

Solid Jackson! – CH

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Charlie’s Turntable: “My Love and I”

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There are about several thousand LP’s and CD’s in my collection of recordings and I love turning people on to music that I love. My Love And I is one of my all-time favorite songs written for the movie “The Apache” by the great film composer David Raksin.

I first heard this piece (before I saw the movie) when I bought an LP in the early 60’s called Today and Now by Coleman Hawkins which was recorded at Rudi Van Gelder’s studio in 1962. He played the song which was called “Love Song from Apache”. It has a very deep melody and very deep chords and it was a perfect vehicle for Coleman Hawkins because he has a very deep sound. His version inspired me to want to perform it.


Coleman Hawkins – “Love Song from Apache” (Today & Now)
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I met Hawkins at the Village Vanguard when he was playing there with his quartet and I introduced myself – I was I my late 20’s. I told him how much I admired him. I sure wish I could have played with him!

I first performed the song on my Quartet West CD Always Say Goodbye recorded in 1993 with Ernie Watts on tenor sax, Alan Broadbent on piano and Larance Marable on drums and strings. We play the song first and then I bring in Coleman Hawkins’ original version so that everyone could hear what inspired me.


Quartet West – “My Love and I/Love Song from Apache” (Always Say Goodbye)
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In making our most recent Quartet West album (Sophisticated Ladies) I asked our friend and musicologist Rick Starr, formerly of Hollywood Sheet Music, to find some lyrics to this song because I couldn’t find any anywhere. It got to the point that I was gong to call David Raksin’s estate to see if I could commission someone to write lyrics to it but right before that happened, Rick found the lyrics in some forgotten vault. And the greater surprise was that they had been written by no other than the great Johnny Mercer. What a find! Mercer was a writing partner to David Raksin as he wrote the lyrics to “Laura” another beautiful song composed by Raksin. (I’ll have to write about David Raksin another time.)

Ruth and I both envisioned Cassandra Wilson singing this. It’s a premiere as the song has never been performed before with lyrics.


Quartet West featuring Cassandra Wilson – “My Love and I” (Sophisticated Ladies)
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Coleman Hawkins was one of the great innovators in the art-form of jazz and left us with a beautiful legacy.

-CH August,2011