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Always Say Goodbye

Charlie HadenAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America's heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon. In ... Read more in Amazon's Charlie Haden Store

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  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve/Gitanes
  • ASIN: B0000046SL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite May 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's a pity we cannot award six stars to those masterpieces that we play again and again. This is certainly the best of the Quartet West albums I know, and I have five of them. I don't know what vision Charlie Haden originally had for the band, but they began by playing attractive covers of Pat Metheny tunes, but by the time they reached this, which is either their third or fourth, the concept had evolved into something else. They evoked the sound of Hollywood around the middle of the last century, give or take 20 years -- the sort of music you might expect to watch 'L.A. Confidential' to.
There are many exquisite pieces here. Alan Broadbent, a guy I had never heard of before I bought my first Quartet West record, particularly impresses, both as a pianist and as an arranger. His arrangement of 'My Love and I' is simply extraordinary -- he designed it so that the band's rendition merges unobtrusively into the 1962 version performed by Coleman Hawkins, and yet the two versions are very different. Note that Charlie Haden had to raid his own record collection to find the Hawkins LP, which was then flawlessly copied to digital tape. It was a couple of years after the release of this Quartet West album that Impulse then remastered the Hawkins original for CD (and actually the remastered version sounds no better than this here).
Other highlights: Broadbent's beautiful piano and Watts' soulful sax on the title track; Haden's gorgeous composition 'Our Spanish Love Song', where the band shows us that it can really cut a groove when it needs to; 'Ou es-tu, mon amour?' which again retrieves a version from the past (Reinhardt and Grappelli playing in 1949), but this time features an original artist (Grappelli) providing a new solo on violin, just 44 years later!
There are a couple of mediocre tracks early on, but at least two-thirds of this album is pure gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saying Goodbye to the Best, Always May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although this is my 150th review for Amazon.com, I used to buy my c.d.'s from the local "mom and pop" store, Soundwaves C.D.'s of Reno. It cost a few bucks more that way; but not only did the money stay in the local economy, but more importantly, ordering and purchasing c.d.'s that way gave me the chance to talk about jazz, music and life with Richard, the store's proprietor. The experience was worth the extra money, and then some.

Last week I went to order the newest from Karrin Allyson and Jackie Allen, and lo and behold, Soundwaves is going out of business. "Yeah," said Richard. "They wanted a 5-year lease; hell, in 5 years nobody may buy music via. c.d.'s. We may be one giant nation of MP-3's."

So, as a tribute to my long-time friend and fellow vocal jazz aficionado, I decided to buy one last c.d. And in looking in the "half-off" bin, I found this treasure, which I had purchased on audio casette when it came out in 1993 and loved, and bought it for $5.00.

Listening to this transports me back in time. I don't mean 1993; and I don't even mean the '40's, which is what this album intends to evoke. Here's what I mean:

As you now know (if you didn't before), the Quartet West--consisting of Ernie Watts (ten sax), Alan Broadbent (p), Laurence Marable (d) and the legendary Charlie Haden (b)--intended a "movie track for the mind", based loosely on "The Big Sleep".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Jazz Concept Album February 27, 2000
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Charle Haden (a genius in my regard) sends his astonishing quartet (including the redoubtable Alan Broadbent and Ernie Watts) into the world of "Music Noir." Taking its form from the seminal noir film "The Big Sleep," the album traces Los Angeles' and (may one say it?) the world's dark underside. Of course there is no doubt that the quartet will emerge triumphant. Using samples from period vocalists and the soundtrack of "The Big Sleep," the album is evocative of that long lost/never existed world of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. This is a must have for all those who are night owls at heart (irrespective of their sleeping patterns). In the words of the film, "What's wrong with you?" says Bogart. "Nothing you can't fix," says Bacall. Nothing the quartet can't fix in this case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my most favorite jazz albums of all time March 28, 2004
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When I used to make tapes for friends that didn't know or like jazz music and I wanted to introduce them to jazz, I started the tape with the intro and the first cut on this album. Need I say more? It's a wonderful album with original versions beautifully interwoven with the band's playing of the same tune. I just love the "movie" concept of the album. It starts as a movie and finishes as a movie. If you want someone to get to like jazz, buy this album for them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Charlie Hayden's reputation as a terrific risk taking cat was cemented no later than his stint as the bass player for Ornette Coleman,when he took 'free jazz' into orbit.And here's another terrific experiment that Haden pulls off,which I would recommend for anybody who digs the private eye theme to 'Laura',even if they aren't generally big on music 'gimmicks;the gimmicks here involve beginning and ending the cd with music and dialogue from 'The Big Sleep'-and bringing in other recordings to

give the album a haunting private eye quality.Forget about quitting while ahead,here. Haden's terrificly controlled accompanists-Ernie Watts on tenor sax,Alan Broadbent on piano and Larance Marable on drums-don't really need any help. But the recordings here add to the timelessness of the cd-even when I'm not crazy about the recording itself-as is the case of Chet Baker,who I love on trumpet-but don't care for his voice,sings 'Everything Happens To Me' here,Coleman Hawkins plays a beautiful solo on 'My Love And I',big band singer Jo Stafford sings 'Alone Together' with Paul Weston's orchestra in 1944,Ray Nance with Duke Ellington,plays a beautiful violin solo

on 'Low Key Lightly' and Stefan Grapelli plays 'Where Are You,My Love' with the Charlie Haden quartet,then plays a 1949 recording of it with his legendary partner,Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhart.

First thing manana,they should remake 'The Big Sleep';just make sure these cats are in it.
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