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Art of the Song
     

The Art of the Song

by Charlie Haden Quartet West
 
For a musician who rose to fame ignoring the conventions of song form while playing in the bands of jazz iconoclast Ornette Coleman, bassist Charlie Haden obviously adores conventional song form. Haden, working with his Quartet West ensemble, has celebrated great popular standards, classic jazz compositions, and rigorously crafted original tunes in often ingenious

Overview

For a musician who rose to fame ignoring the conventions of song form while playing in the bands of jazz iconoclast Ornette Coleman, bassist Charlie Haden obviously adores conventional song form. Haden, working with his Quartet West ensemble, has celebrated great popular standards, classic jazz compositions, and rigorously crafted original tunes in often ingenious settings. As the explicit title of this latest recording states, his passion for songcraft is as fervent as ever. Although Haden surrounds himself with lyrical players who can make their instruments practically sing, including saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Alan Broadbent - - not to mention Haden's own penchant for brilliantly constructed improvised melodies - - he ups the ante here by bringing in guest vocalists Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson, two first-class stylists. Horn, the queen of laid-back phrasing, wraps herself around a few gorgeous standards including "In Love in Vain" and "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"; the talented if lesser-known Henderson brings 50s-style charm to "Why Did I Choose You," "You My Love," and others. With a chamber orchestra sweetening the pot, these performances, as well as adaptations of classical pieces by Ravel and Rachmaninov, other venerable standards, and lovely originals by Haden and Broadbent, reverberate with uncommon beauty. We also get to hear Haden, a onetime child country singer, revisit the traditional ballad "Wayfaring Stranger" - - a touching coda to a consistently heartfelt and affecting recording.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of The Art of the Song should signal that the album is not the average effort from Charlie Haden. Instead of the adventurous instrumental post-bop that is his stock-in-trade, The Art of the Song finds him concentrating on songs, going so far to feature Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson on lead vocals on four songs apiece. As it turns out, it's not a great departure -- there's a moody, evocative tone that ties together his later works -- but it is enough to make The Art of the Song a distinctive, engaging work from an utterly original jazz musician.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0731454740326
catalogNumber:
5003060

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Performance Credits

Charlie Haden Quartet West   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ray Kelley   Cello
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Bill Henderson   Vocals
Shirley Horn   Vocals
Murray Adler   Violin,Conductor,Concert Master
Israel Baker   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Russ Cantor   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Steve Gordon   Viola
Charlie Haden   Bass,Vocals,Double Bass
Jerry Kessler   Cello
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Earl Madison   Cello
Larance Marable   Drums
Don Palmer   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Paul Shure   Violin
Francine Walsh   Violin
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Ezra Kliger   Violin
Robert Peterson   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Robert Sanov   Violin
Suzanna Giordono   Viola
Carol Mukagawa   Viola
Adrian Rosen   Bass
Mimi Granat   Viola
Rachel Sokolow   Violin
Paolo Gozzetti   Viola
Chamber Orchestra   Chamber Ensemble
Marcy Vaj   Violin
Kathleen Robinson   Violin

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger,Orchestration,Adaptation
Cy Coleman   Lyricist
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Executive Producer
Ruth Cameron   Producer
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Mack Gordon   Lyricist
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Charlie Haden   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes
Michael Leonard   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Carol Friedman   Cover Photo
Dann Michael Thompson   Engineer
Patrice Beausejour   Art Direction
Herbert Martin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Herbert Martin   Lyricist

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