Not in Our Name

Not in Our Name

by Charlie Haden
     
 
Charlie Haden wears his political agenda on his sleeve for Not In Our Name, his reunion with arranger Carla Bley and the reconvened Liberation Music Orchestra. But whether you agree with his stance or not, the beauty and power of Haden’s work will win you over. Bley’s charts are as stirring and idiosyncratic as ever, utilizing the ensemble to its fullest yet

Overview

Charlie Haden wears his political agenda on his sleeve for Not In Our Name, his reunion with arranger Carla Bley and the reconvened Liberation Music Orchestra. But whether you agree with his stance or not, the beauty and power of Haden’s work will win you over. Bley’s charts are as stirring and idiosyncratic as ever, utilizing the ensemble to its fullest yet leaving room for significant solo statements. And this edition of the band is stocked solid with exceptional players and commanding soloists, including saxophonists Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek, and Miguel Zenon, as well as trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and drummer Matt Wilson. Haden’s always affecting bass plays less of a solo role than usual, yet his supportive presence is continually felt. The album’s repertoire ranges far and wide yet somehow expressively connects: Among the unexpected highlights are arrangements of two classical pieces -- Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Dvorák’s “Going Home “ from his “New World” Symphony -- plus Bley’s own “Blues Anthem,” a reggae take on Pat Metheney’s “This Is Not America,” and Bill Frisell’s “Throughout.” Haden takes his time between recordings of the Liberation Music Orchestra, but as this powerful album makes plain, each packs quite a punch

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Charlie Haden brings another incarnation of his Liberation Music Orchestra to tape. This intermittent project began at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969 and was recorded for Impulse. Carla Bley has been the only constant member of this project. She plays piano and does the arranging of these eight tunes. Other members include trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Matt Wilson, Miguel Zenon on alto, Chris Cheek on the tenor horn, Joe Daley playing tuba, and Ahnee Sharon Freeman playing French horn. The music is a lively and diverse set of covers, except for the title track -- composed by Haden -- and "Blue Anthem" by Bley. The seamlessness with which Bley melds her aesthetic to Haden's is remarkable. The tone and timbre is warm throughout. The reggae-fueled "This Is Not America" -- written by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and David Bowie -- dryly quotes from "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at its end. The hinge piece of the album is the nearly-17-minute "American the Beautiful" that contains a wondrous, stately, if somewhat dissonant, read of Samuel Ward's famous tune, bursts into post-bop before a fine solo by Zenon, and then slips into Gary McFarland's jazz opus by the same name. The tune travels -- with solos by virtually everyone -- then to the African-American gospel church where it stops at "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson, and winds up at a cross between the original tune and Ornette Coleman's elegiac slipstream dream anthem "Skies of America" before returning full circle to the original theme. The Liberation Music Orchestra goes even deeper into the national consciousness with a bluesy, New Orleans brass band-inspired version of "Amazing Grace." Then they dig into the gorgeous "Goin' Home," Antonin Dvorak's largo theme from the New World Symphony -- with jazz liberties taken, of course. The set ends with the adagio from Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." Again, Bley's arrangement is stunning, understated, and finessed, yet full of dynamic reach. This is a beautiful album, one that makes a case for vision, creativity, and concern. Not in Our Name pulls together a wide range of aesthetic possibilities that all reflect the American consciousness and simultaneously mourns the passage of it while resisting with a vengeance that nadir. While a jazz recording, this album crosses the boundaries of the genre and becomes a new world music, a new folk music: one to be celebrated, perhaps even cherished.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498292488
catalogNumber:
000494902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Haden   Primary Artist,Bass
Carla Bley   Piano,Conductor
Steve Cardenas   Guitar
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Michael Rodriguez   Trumpet
Tony Malaby   Tenor Saxophone
Matt Wilson   Drums
Joe Daley Trio   Tuba
Chris Cheek   Tenor Saxophone
Miguel Zenón   Alto Saxophone
Michael Rodriguez   Trumpet
Seneca Black   Trumpet
Ahnee Sharon Freeman   French Horn

Technical Credits

Samuel Barber   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Carla Bley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork,Audio Production
Pat Metheny   Composer
Ruth Cameron   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Bill Frisell   Composer
Charlie Haden   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Lyle Mays   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Patrice Beausejour   Art Direction
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Gérard DeHard   Engineer

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