Charlie Haden, now in his early seventies has been one of the most influential double bass players of the post-modern age. Since he played a pivotal role in Ornette Coleman's seminal album ‘The Shape of Jazz To Come', a record that is now over 50 years old, Charlie has continued to push harmonic boundaries and the role of the double bass in modern jazz music. Always a huge fan of Chris Anderson, their one-off duo encounter gave Anderson access to world of jazz lovers he otherwise couldn't through the hindrances of his disabilities.
Chris Anderson passed away in 2008 in New York where he had lived for the last 47 years of his life. He lived the greater half of his life almost completely blind and unfortunately, a rare brittle bone disability hindered Anderson's ability to promote his skills through extensive live performance and hence he became more of a marvel with his musical peers than potential audiences. All who were lucky enough to stumble upon his distinctive and romantic style of playing in an NY club fell in love with his music instantly.
Chris Anderson remains legendary among musicians to this day yet remarkably unknown to the jazz record buying public. Naim is exceptionally lucky to have captured Chris Anderson on tape and we will, as always, endeavour to make sure this luminary lives on.