Charlie Haden

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Charles Edward "Charlie" Haden (August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014) was an American jazz double bass player, bandleader, composer and educator known for his deep, warm sound, and whose career spanned more than fifty years. In the late 1950's, Haden achieved early legendary status as an original member of the ground-breaking Ornette Coleman Quartet that turned the jazz world on its head.

Haden revolutionized the harmonic concept of bass playing in jazz. “His ability to create serendipitous harmonies by improvising melodic responses to Coleman’s free-form solos (rather than sticking to predetermined harmonies) was both radical and mesmerizing. His virtuosity lies…in an incredible ability to make the double bass ‘sound out’. Haden cultivates the instrument’s gravity as no one else in jazz. He is a master of simplicity which is one of the most difficult things to achieve.” (Author Joachim Berendt in The Jazz Book) Haden played a vital role in this revolutionary new approach, evolving a way of playing that sometimes complemented the soloist and sometimes moved independently. In this respect, as did bassists Jimmy Blanton and Charles Mingus, Haden helped liberate the bassist from a strictly accompanying role to becoming a more direct participant in group improvisation. In 1969, he formed his first band, the revolutionary Liberation Music Orchestra, featuring arrangements by pianist Carla Bley. In the late 1960's, he became a member of the pianist Keith Jarrett stellar trio, quartet and quintet. In the 1980s, he formed his very successful band 'Quartet West.' Haden also became known for his exquisite duet recordings, most notably with Pat Metheny and Hank Jones.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Liberation Music Orchestra Charlie Haden 2
1976 Closeness Duets Charlie Haden 1
1979 Magico Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek & Egberto Gismonti 2
1981 Folk Songs Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek & Egberto Gismonti 3
1983 The Ballad of the Fallen Charlie Haden & Carla Bley 1
1983 Time Remembers One Time Once Denny Zeitlin / Charlie Haden 1
1987 Quartet West Charlie Haden 2
1987 Silence Charlie Haden with Chet Baker, Enrico Pieranunzi & Billy Higgins 2
1988 Etudes Charlie Haden / Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen 1
1988 The Golden Number Charlie Haden 1
1989 The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra 1
1989 In the Year of the Dragon Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1
1989 Segments Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1
1990 Dialogues Charlie Haden & Carlos Paredes 1
1990 First Song Charlie Haden 1
1991 Live at the Village Vanguard Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian 1
1992 Memoirs Bley, Haden, Motian 1
1993 As Long as There's Music Charlie Haden / Hampton Hawes 1
1994 Wanton Spirit Kenny Barron With Roy Haynes and Charlie Haden 2
1995 Steal Away: Spirituals, Hymns and Folk Songs Charlie Haden & Hank Jones 1
1996 Falling Off the Roof Ginger Baker Trio with Bill Frisell & Charlie Haden 2
1997 Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny 5 4
1997 None but the Lonely Heart Charlie Haden & Chris Anderson 1
2001 Nocturne Charlie Haden 2
2002 American Dreams Charlie Haden with Michael Brecker feat. Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade 1
2002 North Sea Jazz Festival 2002 Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny 1
2004 Land of the Sun Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba 1
2004 Nightfall Charlie Haden & John Taylor 1
2005 Not in Our Name Charlie Haden 1
2006 Heartplay Charlie Haden & Antonio Forcione 1
2007 The Private Collection Charlie Haden 2
2008 Family & Friends: Rambling Boy Charlie Haden 1
2010 Jasmine Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden 1
2012 Come Sunday Charlie Haden & Hank Jones 2
2012 Magico: Carta de Amor Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti & Charlie Haden 1
2014 Last Dance Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden 1
2016 Sarabande Fred Hersch with Charlie Haden & Joey Baron 1
Always Say Goodbye Charlie Haden 1
Dream Keeper Charlie Haden feat. Liberation Music Orchestra 1
Gitane Charlie Haden & Christian Escoudé 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Complete Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note (Box Set) Charlie Haden 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden with Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell 2
1994 The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden with Paul Bley and Paul Motian 3
1997 Alone Together Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz & Brad Mehldau 1
1998 The Montréal Tapes Charlie Haden with Paul Motian and Gonzalo Rubalcaba 1
1998 The Montréal Tapes Charlie Haden with Geri Allen and Paul Motian 1
1998 Night and the City Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron 2
2001 In Montreal Charlie Haden & Egberto Gismonti 2
2011 Live at Birdland Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1
2013 Live in Germany 2003 Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden 1
2014 Charlie Haden - Jim Hall Charlie Haden, Jim Hall 1
2014 Hamburg ’72 Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian 1
2015 Tokyo Adagio Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Charlie Haden 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Helium Tears Charlie Haden & Ralph Towner & Jerry Granelli & Robben Ford 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden with Liberation Music Orchestra 1
2004 The Montreal Tapes Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson & Al Foster 1

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