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Charlie Haden It's been a rainy day here in Florida, and such weather gave me a grand opportunity to revisit some of my favorite music by bassist, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden, who left us last week at age 76 after a prolonged illness.

My clear favorites among the extensive Haden discography include two of his duet projects (Steal Away with pianist Hank Jones
Hank Jones
Hank Jones
1918 - 2010
piano
and Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) with guitarist Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
), any of his eight recordings by the film noir-inspired Quartet West, and 2005's Not in Our Name by the Liberation Music Orchestra that he co-led with pianist Carla Bley
Carla Bley
Carla Bley
b.1938
piano
.

In a May 1995 interview, the morning after a Quartet West performance in Rhode Island, I asked Haden why musicians sound so very different from each other, even though they're all playing the same instrument. His answer was simple and logical: Nobody plays the same because nobody hears the same.

There is a lot of very fine Charlie Haden material to savor in the aforementioned groupings on YouTube if your own collection is sparse.


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