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 http://www.bloopermusic.com 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 http://gurldogg.blogspot.com 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
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80/81.
Posted by derkle on July 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM · Report this
Keekee 7
He had a great singing voice as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErhpYoXA…
Posted by Keekee on July 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM · Report this

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