Always Say Goodbye

Always Say Goodbye

by Charlie Haden


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Always Say Goodbye

Always Say Goodbye is part of the continuing Quartet West project by Haden, in which the venerable bassist attempts to evoke the spirit of Hollywood circa 1930-1940. To that end, the record opens and closes with snippets from the soundtrack to The Big Sleep, one of Haden's favorite movies. After the introduction, the album seamlessly transitions to the title track, the leader's own composition and one of the high points on the record. Alan Broadbent's solo piano introduction perfectly sets the mood that is sustained throughout the entire album: one of acute nostalgia. Other devices used to inculcate this mood is the peculiar device of the dual performance, in which a recording of a song is played first by Haden's quartet and is then followed by a sampled performance of the same song by a great jazz artist of the past. The results, though at first a little bit unsettling, are quite spectacular. Particularly instructive is "Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? (Where Are You, My Love?)," where violin legend Stephane Grappelli joins the quartet for one reading, which soon makes way to a Django Reinhardt-Grappelli version of the same song recorded in 1949. Nostalgia has never been this tangible -- this solid and real. The quartet that Haden has assembled is top-notch. The leader is as tasty as ever, his warm lines implying the beat and the pulse of each song as often as they strictly denote and delimit it. Ernie Watts' tenor sound is one of the most vocal around, and pianist Broadbent and drummer Larance Marable make up a first-rate rhythm section. Broadbent also is an extremely melodic improviser, and his solos reveal a thoughtful, complete musician. Broadbent also is responsible for the extremely elegant use of strings on "My Love and I (Love Song From Apache)" and "Everything Happens to Me." Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/1994
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731452150127
catalogNumber: 1124579

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Haden   Primary Artist,Bass
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Chet Baker   Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Violin
Django Reinhardt   Guitar
Gerald Wilson   Trumpet
Raymond Fol   Piano
Major Holley   Bass
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Eddie Locke   Drums
Larance Marable   Drums
Benoit Quersin   Bass
Gianni Safred   Piano
John Sanders   Trombone
Jean-Louis Viale   Drums
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Aurelio de Carolis   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Drums
Lauren Bacall   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Humphrey Bogart   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Carlo Pecori   Bass
Charlie Haden Quartet West   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Stéphane Grappelli   Contributor
Matt Dennis   Composer
Alain Cluzeau   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Charlie Haden   Director,Producer,Liner Notes
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Cookie Marenco   Engineer
Hans Wendl   Producer
Tom Adair   Composer

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