The Art of the Song

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

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 731454740326
  • Catalog Number: 5003060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonely Town - Charlie Haden (5:30)
  2. 2 Why Did I Choose You? - Charlie Haden (7:23)
  3. 3 Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16 - Charlie Haden (5:36)
  4. 4 In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer") - Charlie Haden (5:05)
  5. 5 Ruth's Waltz - Charlie Haden (4:14)
  6. 6 Scenes From a Silver Screen - Charlie Haden (6:24)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life - Charlie Haden (6:15)
  8. 8 You My Love - Charlie Haden (4:24)
  9. 9 Prélude, for piano - Charlie Haden (5:14)
  10. 10 The Folks Who Live On the Hill, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsom - Charlie Haden (6:56)
  11. 11 Easy On The Heart - Charlie Haden (4:54)
  12. 12 Theme for Charlie - Charlie Haden (4:07)
  13. 13 Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad - Charlie Haden (4:23)
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Album Credits

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, Indexed Contributor
Jerry Kessler Cello
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Earl Madison Cello
Larance Marable Drums
Don Palmer Violin
Kathleen Robinson 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
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 II Lyricist
Orrin Keepnews Liner Notes
Glen Kolotkin Mastering
Michael Leonard Composer
Jay Newland Engineer, Mastering
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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