Liberation Music Orchestra

Liberation Music Orchestra

by Charlie Haden
     
 

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Some recordings can remain both timepieces and timeless at the same time. LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA, filled with references to the Vietnam War, national civil unrest, and Che Guevara, and with evocations of the Spanish Civil War, is a pure product of the late '60s. What elevates it above period-piece status is the obvious emotional fervor that Haden and his band… See more details below

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Some recordings can remain both timepieces and timeless at the same time. LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA, filled with references to the Vietnam War, national civil unrest, and Che Guevara, and with evocations of the Spanish Civil War, is a pure product of the late '60s. What elevates it above period-piece status is the obvious emotional fervor that Haden and his band brought to the project and the bristling musical intelligence behind the political rhetoric. Haden has an important collaborator in Carla Bley, whose expansive arrangements somehow unite the worlds of Kurt Weill and Ornette Coleman. Impassioned solos by trumpeter Don Cherry, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and saxophonists Dewy Redman and Gato Barbieri spark inspired pieces like Haden's "Song for Che" and Coleman's "War Orphans." Haden's rangy, fervent bass playing and the zealous commitment of his new wave big band all contribute to the righteous power of this extraordinary musical document.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
A fascinating reissue that comfortably straddles the lines of jazz, folk, and world music, working up a storm by way of a jazz protest album that points toward the Spanish Civil War in particular and the Vietnam War in passing. Haden leads the charge and contributes material, but the real star here may in fact be Carla Bley, who arranged numbers, wrote several, and contributed typically brilliant piano work. Also of particular note in a particularly talented crew is guitarist Sam Brown, the standout of "El Quinto Regimiento/Los Cuatro Generales/Viva la Quince Brigada," a 21-minute marathon. Reissue producer Michael Cuscuna has done his best with the mastering here, but listeners will note a roughness to the sound -- one that is in keeping with the album's tone and attitude.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2000
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0011105118828
catalogNumber:
904081
Rank:
40680

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Haden   Primary Artist,Violin
Gato Barbieri   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Carla Bley   Piano,Tambourine
Don Cherry   Flute,Cornet
Andrew Cyrille   Percussion,Drums
Michael Mantler   Trumpet
Dewey Redman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Perry Robinson   Clarinet
Roswell Rudd   Trombone
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Sam T. Brown   Guitar,Thumb Piano
Paul Motian   Percussion
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern   Percussion,French Horn

Technical Credits

Guy Carawan   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Frank Hamilton   Composer
Zilphia Horton   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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