American Dreams

American Dreams

by Charlie Haden
     
 

Charlie Haden's feelings for his country run deep. And even when there are no words involved, as on this all-instrumental album, the bassist's heart-on-his-sleeve pride in his homeland comes shining through. If only one song is explicitly a nationalistic ode ("America the Beautiful"), each of the other tracks is permeated by a glowing musical radiance that…  See more details below

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Charlie Haden's feelings for his country run deep. And even when there are no words involved, as on this all-instrumental album, the bassist's heart-on-his-sleeve pride in his homeland comes shining through. If only one song is explicitly a nationalistic ode ("America the Beautiful"), each of the other tracks is permeated by a glowing musical radiance that communicates heartfelt emotions. Each member of the all-star unit seems to have been touched by this same elation: tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, pianist Brad Mehldau, and drummer Brian Blade all play with elegance and invention. (Noted arrangers Alan Broadbent, Vince Mendoza, and Jeremy Lubbock, with a 34-piece orchestra in tow, also contribute to the general excellence of the project.) The material ranges widely, utilizing work from Haden ("American Dreams") and Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, and Don Sebesky, as well as Hollywood tunesmiths Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Don Grusin (including the popular "It Might Be You"). It's fitting that Haden expresses his love of country through his obvious love of American music.

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
This overly long quartet-plus-strings session is Charlie Haden's paean to an ideal America, made during a time that was ripe for such reflections. The band, with Haden on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor, Brad Mehldau on piano, and Brian Blade on drums, is unassailably strong. But listeners could have lived without the ear-candy sheen provided by the 34-piece orchestra, arranged primarily by Alan Broadbent, with additional contributions from Jeremy Lubbock and Vince Mendoza. (Broadbent and Mendoza also penned charts for Jane Monheit's In the Sun, released two weeks earlier.) Aside from outright banalities like "America the Beautiful" and "It Might Be You" (yes, the Stephen Bishop lite-radio hit), there are some saving graces, like Keith Jarrett's "Prism" and "No Lonely Nights," Mehldau's "Ron's Place," and Haden's two originals, "American Dreams" and "Nightfall." But Pat Metheny's "Travels" goes soggy without its Midwestern guitar twang, and Ornette Coleman's "Bird Food," one of only three tracks not to feature the orchestra, is so wildly out of place that its impact is somehow diminished -- notwithstanding a vivid pedal-point interlude about six minutes in.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0044006409627
catalogNumber:
5002814
Rank:
44492

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Performance Credits

Charlie Haden   Primary Artist,Bass
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Putter Smith   Double Bass
Murray Adler   Violin
Chuck Berghofer   Double Bass
Brian Blade   Drums
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Jodi Burnett   Celli
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Celli
Joel Derouin   Violin
Maurice Dicterow   Violin
Ernest Ehrhardt   Celli
Charles Everett   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Anne Karam   Celli
Peter Kent   Violin
Jerome Kessler   Celli
Joe Ketendjian   Violin
Edward Meares   Double Bass
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Judd Miller   Evi
James Ross   Viola
Harry Shirinian   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Susan Chatman   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Pip Clarke-Ling   Violin
Norman Ludwin   Double Bass
Carol Mukagawa   Viola
Kristin Fife   Violin
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Session Photographer
Ruth Cameron   Producer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Charlie Haden   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Jay Newland   Engineer
Albert Einstein   Liner Note Source
Erika Duffee   Assistant Production Coordination

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