Charlie Haden: All That Political Jazz


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Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra leans left, but carries a message of patriotism and hope.

Despite its seemingly combative title, “Not in Our Name," by jazz bassist Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, is a surprisingly gentle and hopeful musical document.

There are occasional dissonant undercurrents and dense, sophisticated interplay among the 12 orchestra members. But the dominant attitude on this program of all-American music -- which ranges from a section of Dvorak's “New World Symphony" and a reggae treatment of a Pat Metheny tune to “America the Beautiful" and “Amazing Grace" -- is one of persevering beauty in the face of strife and treachery.

Unapologetically left-wing in his political views, Haden wrote in the liner notes to this 2005 CD, “Although we lost the [2004] election, we have not lost the commitment to reclaim our country in the name of humanity and decency."

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