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  election, we have not lost the commitment to reclaim our country in the name of humanity and decency."
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