Always Say Goodbye

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Always Say Goodbye is part of the continuing Quartet West project by Haden, in which the venerable bassist attempts to evoke the spirit of Hollywood circa 1930-1940. To that end, the record opens and closes with snippets from the soundtrack to The Big Sleep, one of Haden's favorite movies. After the introduction, the album seamlessly transitions to the title track, the leader's own composition and one of the high points on the record. Alan Broadbent's solo piano introduction perfectly sets the mood that is sustained throughout the entire album: one of acute nostalgia. Other devices used to inculcate this mood is the peculiar device of the dual performance, in which a ...
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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Always Say Goodbye is part of the continuing Quartet West project by Haden, in which the venerable bassist attempts to evoke the spirit of Hollywood circa 1930-1940. To that end, the record opens and closes with snippets from the soundtrack to The Big Sleep, one of Haden's favorite movies. After the introduction, the album seamlessly transitions to the title track, the leader's own composition and one of the high points on the record. Alan Broadbent's solo piano introduction perfectly sets the mood that is sustained throughout the entire album: one of acute nostalgia. Other devices used to inculcate this mood is the peculiar device of the dual performance, in which a recording of a song is played first by Haden's quartet and is then followed by a sampled performance of the same song by a great jazz artist of the past. The results, though at first a little bit unsettling, are quite spectacular. Particularly instructive is "Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? Where Are You, My Love?," where violin legend Stephane Grappelli joins the quartet for one reading, which soon makes way to a Django Reinhardt-Grappelli version of the same song recorded in 1949. Nostalgia has never been this tangible -- this solid and real. The quartet that Haden has assembled is top-notch. The leader is as tasty as ever, his warm lines implying the beat and the pulse of each song as often as they strictly denote and delimit it. Ernie Watts' tenor sound is one of the most vocal around, and pianist Broadbent and drummer Larance Marable make up a first-rate rhythm section. Broadbent also is an extremely melodic improviser, and his solos reveal a thoughtful, complete musician. Broadbent also is responsible for the extremely elegant use of strings on "My Love and I Love Song From Apache" and "Everything Happens to Me." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 731452150127
  • Catalog Number: 1124579

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Haden Primary Artist, Bass
Jo Stafford Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Chet Baker Vocals
Alan Broadbent Piano, Conductor
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli Violin
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Violin
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Raymond Fol Piano
Major Holley Bass
Jimmy Woode Bass
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Harold Baker Trumpet
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Eddie Locke Drums
Larance Marable Drums
Benoit Quersin Bass
Gianni Safred Piano
John Sanders Trombone
Jean-Louis Viale Drums
Ernie Watts Tenor Saxophone
Aurelio de Carolis Drums
Jimmy Johnson Jr. Drums
Lauren Bacall Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Humphrey Bogart Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Carlo Pecori Bass
Charlie Haden Quartet West Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alan Broadbent Arranger
Stéphane Grappelli Contributor
Matt Dennis Composer
Alain Cluzeau Engineer
Duke Ellington Arranger
Charlie Haden Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Cookie Marenco Engineer
Hans Wendl Producer
Tom Adair Composer
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