American Dreams

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 044006409627
  • Catalog Number: 5002814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Dreams - Brad Mehldau (4:52)
  2. 2 Travels - Brad Mehldau (6:46)
  3. 3 No Lonely Nights - Brad Mehldau (5:18)
  4. 4 It Might Be You - Brad Mehldau (4:55)
  5. 5 Prism - Brad Mehldau (5:21)
  6. 6 America the Beautiful - Brad Mehldau (5:23)
  7. 7 Nightfall - Brad Mehldau (5:07)
  8. 8 Ron's Place - Brad Mehldau (7:30)
  9. 9 Bittersweet - Brad Mehldau (6:46)
  10. 10 Young and Foolish - Brad Mehldau (5:38)
  11. 11 Bird Food - Brad Mehldau (7:31)
  12. 12 Sotto Voce - Brad Mehldau (5:12)
  13. 13 Love Like Ours - Brad Mehldau (4:25)
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Album Credits

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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