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Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden
World renowned as the man who revolutionised the role of the double bass in jazz as we know it, Charlie Haden has a deep love for great sound. The perfect match for Naim's great love for deep music!
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Biography

Born in Shenandoah, Iowa on August 6, 1937, Charles Edward Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country & western radio show at the age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America's heartland for Los Angeles, where he served as sideman to such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon.

He then moved to New York, where he teamed with Ornette Coleman in the saxophonist's pioneering quartet (alongside trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins). In addition to his still-influential work with Coleman, Haden also collaborated with a number of adventurous jazz giants, including John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and Keith Jarrett.

An acoustic bassist of extraordinary gifts, Haden's talents have been in constant demand by his fellow artists. As a result, he has collaborated with a genuinely stunning array of musicians, including Hank Jones, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, and Pat Metheny (with whom Haden shared a 1997 "Best Jazz Instrumental Individual/Small Group" Grammy Award for their Beyond the Missouri Sky)

Throughout his career, which spans more than five decades, Charlie Haden has constantly sought to transcend the boundaries of modern music. Widely considered to be among the greatest-ever jazz bassists, Haden has contributed pivotal music to a stunning scope of genres - avant-garde, small group, big band, world music, folk, and gospel, to name but a few.

"I'm always looking for different combinations of musicians," Haden says. "I try to bring together musicians that can make magic, and I'm usually right. It's not so much the combination as it is the individual and their values. When I find a musician that has the same values as I do, I want to make music with him."

"What I try to do is play all kinds of songs from all different categories," he says. "Songs that I think are very meaningful and beautiful, with beautiful melodies and great chord structures, in order to attract different kinds of listeners and bring more and more people to the art form. Because we need it now more than ever before."

"I want to open jazz up," he continues. "I don't want to keep the audience limited. I want to reach people who have never come to a jazz concert before. One way to do that is by making records that have a lot of different kinds of music on them."


Management

info@charliehadenmusic.net

Discography

The Private Collection 3LP
The Private Collection 3LP (2008)

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Two intimate live shows of personal significance to Haden featuring an indomitable quartet line-up

The Private Collection (2CD)
The Private Collection (2CD) (2007)

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Two intimate live shows of personal significance to Haden featuring an indomitable quartet line-up

Reviews | all reviews >>

When The Heart Dances in Downbeat Magazine
4 Stars

"these performances are masterpieces in themselves."
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When The Heart Dances in Jazz Police
"Hobgood and Haden glow brilliantly, hearts dancing"
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When The Heart Dances in Audiophile Audition
3½ Stars

"This recording flawlessly actualizes each artist's abundant gestures and slightest shading, revealing each musician's fullness and intensity"
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When The Heart Dances in All About Jazz...again!
"they pull beautiful music from thin air"
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When The Heart Dances Review in Midwest Record
"Off the beaten path and well worth the journey."
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When The Heart Dances Reviewed in The List
"subtle and majestic"
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When The Heart Dances Reviewed on BBCi
"Hobgood and Haden were made for each other"
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When The Heart Dances Reviewed in the Independent Information
4 Stars

" this wonderfully simpatico duo epitomises the sound of a simpatico duo"
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When The Heart Dances Reviewed in BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars

"A match made in Californian jazz heaven"
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Private Collection Review in Downbeat
4 Stars

"thoughtful, spacious, rhythmically subtle and inventive improvisation"
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Private Collection Review in Jazzwise
4 Stars

"too good to keep under wraps"
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Private Collection Reviewed on GadgetSpeak.com
"If you like Jazz then you should have this in your collection"
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Private Collection Review in Hi Fi Critic
"a good album for people who think they don't like jazz, and an excellent one for the rest of us"
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Private Collection Review in the Sunday Times
3 Stars

"a stimulating mix"
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Private Collection Jazz Rag Review
"a treat for bassists and a reminder of what a melodic soloist [Haden] is"
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Private Collection Guardian Review
4 Stars

"Haden at his majestically deliberate best"
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Charlie Haden's Private Collection BBCi Review
"thoughful and restrained...a formative moment in time"
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Charlie Haden's Private Collection Northern Echo Review
"all the players are in top form on a programme ranging from Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman"
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Private Collection Vortex Online Review
"Warmly recommended"
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Private Collection Review in All About Jazz
"Haden and Quartet West at its true best"
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