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Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by iiipopes, Jan 16, 2012.
Charlie Haden: A Moment Of Clarity : NPR
The photo in your link says it all for me. Charlie communicates the music on a deep level in spite of technical limitations. Just look at his left hand and his facial expression. He can say more with less than anybody.
His new record with the late Hank Jones is proof that he can say a lot with just a little. I can't stop listening to Come Sunday.
You might also enjoy the "Steal Away" album Hank and Charlie made together. Technical limitations......I think if you ever stand on the bandstand with Charlie, you will become very aware of your own!
Charlie has the perfect technique for playing what he wants and getting his sound. It doesn't seem to limit him at all. Check out Blues For Pat from Joshua Redman's Wish. When he wants to, Charlie can show his chops but he's known for his melodic style playing ballads. There's nobody like him.
The praises and criticisms are all pretty accurate with this guy! He can be amazing, but there are as many examples where needed the extra technique.
I will say there is something special in his most recent work, the duo with Jarrett, the quartet with Konitz and Motian.
If you haven't heard it yet.. "Steal Away" is a nice one also.
Same kind of thing, just done a little earlier.
Yeah, not bad for a guy who suffered polio.
After years of listening to everyone. Will always be one of my favorites.