RIP Charlie Haden 1937 - 2014
Charlie Haden, one of the
most important bass players of all time and a dear friend of Naim, sadly
passed away on the morning of Friday 11th July at 10:11 Pacific Time in
Los Angeles, California with his family by his side.
invaluable contribution to jazz music began with Ornette Coleman in the
late 1950s, where he helped shape ‘free jazz' as we now know it. His
signature lyrical style is now ingrained in every genre of contemporary
Inducted as a Jazz Master for the NEA in 2012 and honoured
with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, Charlie's boundless
creativity never faltered as he continued to record for ECM Records,
Verve/Universal and our very own Naim Jazz Records well into his 70s. As
always, he made every note count.
Charlie was well known for his
quick wit and charm but also for his generosity as a musician. Charlie's
special relationship with Naim afforded him the platform to produce and
perform duo recordings with the musicians who he personally felt
deserved greater recognition for their talents. Charlie Haden was an
inspiration to work with.
We'd like to thank Charlie for the
music and laughter, but above all would like to extend our deepest
condolences to Charlie's wife, children, grandchildren and siblings.