Friday, July 11, 2014

Ornette Coleman Bassist, Free-Jazz Catalyst Charlie Haden, 1937-2014

Posted by on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The hugely gifted bassist Charlie Haden, who played a key role in Ornette Coleman's pioneering free-jazz groups and had a long, fruitful run with pianist Keith Jarrett in the '60s and '70s, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 76.

Besides his involvement with Coleman and Jarrett, Haden is probably best known for his 1969 album, Liberation Music Orchestra, a potently moving jazz-folk work with pronounced left-wing leanings. But two of my favorite Haden performances can be found on tracks by saxophonist Joe Henderson ("Earth") and trumpeter Don Cherry ("Brown Rice") [see clips for both after the jump]. On these pieces, Haden displayed a staunch and supple funkiness that really propels these two soul-jazz classics. Beyond all of this, Haden contributed his sumptuously melodic bass lines to recordings with a vast range of great musicians, including John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, John McLaughlin, Carla Bley, Alan Shorter, Ginger Baker, and Pat Metheny.

RIP, Charlie Haden.


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Also worth noting, his daughters Petra and Rachel are also musicians. Petra was in The Decemberists, Rachel was in The Rentals. Both were in That Dog.
Posted by Blooper on July 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
very sad news. my condolences to the planet.

liberation music orchestra is getting spun tonight.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 3
Oh no!!!
Wow, that's a huge loss. He was a really special musician, really adept at getting incredible performances from the people he worked with.Plus his politics were fucking spot on. I saw him in Seattle maybe 6 or 7 years ago... always thought I would see him again. -snif-
Posted by Gurldoggie on July 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Greenwood 4
So many great recordings. Also recommend his Quartet West group (especially s/t first album) and the albums he recorded with Paul Motian (and Bill Frisell, Dewy Redman, Joe Lovano) in the last few decades.
Posted by Greenwood on July 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM · Report this
lark 5
Thanks for the info. A great loss. I've seen Pat Metheny 4X and I believe the most recent time I saw him, Haden accompanied him on bass.

Charlie Haden RIP. A great player.
Posted by lark on July 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM · Report this
Posted by derkle on July 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM · Report this
Keekee 7
He had a great singing voice as well:…
Posted by Keekee on July 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM · Report this

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