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American Dreams Import

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HADEN CHARLIE / BRECKER MICHAEL AMERICAN DREAMS

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In recent years, Charlie Haden has steadily released duo albums (with Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, and others) or worked with the sentimental-sounding Quartet West, which uses lush orchestration to supplement the quartet's sound. Haden has upgraded his quartet here on American Dreams, using the all-star cast of Michael Brecker, Brian Blade, and Brad Mehldau, but again brings in the orchestra for nearly every track. This "Quartet East" takes on a few Haden originals, as well as tunes by past collaborators Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman, and mixes them up with popular songs such as the theme from the film Tootsie and even the patriotic "America the Beautiful." Some of the non-jazz tunes are a bit sappy, but they do right by "America" thanks to an outstanding solo by Haden and just the right amount of orchestral support. American Dreams is probably too mainstream and glossy for fans of Haden's challenging early work, but there are a few nice moments amidst the glitter. --Tad Hendrickson


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  1. American Dreams (Instrumental) 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Travels (Instrumental) 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. No Lonely Nights (Instrumental) 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. It Might Be You (Instrumental) 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Prism (Instrumental) 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. America The Beautiful (Instrumental) 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Nightfall (Instrumental) 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ron's Place (Instrumental) 7:27Album Only
  9. Bitter Sweet (Instrumental) 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Young And Foolish (Instrumental) 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bird Food (Instrumental) 7:29Album Only
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13. Love Like Ours (Instrumental) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00006IWGS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I came to love Charlie Haden's work when listening to his collaboration with Pat Methany on "Beyond the Missouri Sky". Unlike the vast openness evoked by that offering, "American Dream" nonetheless creates some similarly intimate moments. Several of the songs are somewhat too shallow in interpretation. However, I didn't realize that for a long time because I couldn't seem to get past the title song. What lushness! How achingly beautiful are the strings with the bass, creating such a mood of mellow, it's ridiculous. After a constant diet of trak #1 for a week, I moved on to discover that traks 4 and 6 also held my attention for a long time. All in all, the cd is worth having in one's collection. Don't make the mistake of comparing it with some of Haden's earlier work, just take it for what it is, and be content to go along for the ride -- just don't expect any revelations. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PhiloX on January 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Charlie Haden is my favorite Jazz Bass Player, starting out as the youngest member of the 1960ish extreme Avant Guard Jazz group Ornette Coleman, to mellowing out during the 1980's & 1990's with Quartet West intermixing famous jazz ballads with modern production. Lately Charlie Haden as been playing interpret settings with the newest generation of young jazz players, coming full circle where he is the old man of the duet, first with Pat Metheny & then Kenny Barron. This CD with his newest Quartet with Michael Brecker, Brian Blade, & Brad Mehldau, returns to the sound of Quartet West string section but with the freshness of his duets. At times the Jazz will get off the beat & sound rather abstract, but not as wild as Be-Bop. Other times the music gets a little too sugary, specially "America the Beautiful" which I heard twice & plan to skip at next listen. Other than that, this CD is well produced & plays clear & tight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tselliot on October 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how to explain this except to say that I was looking for new music and when I heard the title track

"American Dreams" I was immediately transfixed. Artistic Eloquence of this nature is far and few between for me. It's like a joyful day, the perfect lover or the ideal Sunday Afternoon. Not to say that I don't enjoy Charlie Haden's other albums, I do. But there are certain ones that "Do it" to me and this is one of them. The feeling is the same everytime: Timeless. The hour streteches, the day lingers and there's this sense of dreaminess. I'm addicted to this sensation and I can never get enough of this type of music. If you're looking for that quality in music. This is it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. P. Prod on August 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In short, this CD moves me every time I listen to it. I find it amateurish to call this CD "shallow," assumably because there aren't 1000 occurances of a Dominant7#9b13 chord in every tune, or Michael Brecker's melodic waves don't meander through Phrygian modes every 4 bars.

Negating the beauty of a musical work like this is both ignorant and egocentric; rather, this CD is, at times, nothing short of heavenly. The beautifully sparse chords that Brad plays over "American Dreams," supported by Brian's sustained cymbals and a hauntingly smooth orchestral foundation, keep bringing me back to listen again and again, never growing tired.

It's also refreshing to hear an a capella, jazzy version of "It Had to Be You" as Michael plays his usual melodic lines that slur up to the very high notes, reminescent of, of course, Coletrane. I especially love Brad's solo over "Travels" -- very different than Lyle Mays' solos, with a laid back, bluesy timbre.

For those seeking a more challenging tune in typical Brad form, you'll enjoy "Prism." And, although "America the Beautiful" is one of those tunes that has historically been played everywhere from a kindergarten play to an A&E documentary, this wonderful arrangement, coupled with Charlie's tear-jerking bass solo and Michael's sad, soulful, melancholy melodies unquestionably reinvent the tune.

Did I mention this CD is a must for every long drive????
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you marveled at the masterfully crafted piano/bass duo of "Night and the City," or if the evocative americana of "Beyond the Missouri Sky" sent you traveling through familiar yet eerily beautiful soundscapes, be forewarned: this one's made of different stuff . Listening to this recording, the adjective that comes to mind is "cloying." Haden's earlier effort, "Nocturne", had come perilously close, but "America the Beautiful" definitely crosses the line. This music is far too sweet, too syrupy, too shallow - the only exception, ironically enough, being the title tune, which exudes a kind of stately grace and an inner strength which I find quite moving (and for which I give this CD its second star.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Robinowitz on August 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Track 6, 1:21 -- 2:23
Ridiculously lyrical, amazing (as always) left hand.
Every note counts, and nothing missing.
Pop music? Blazing bop? nope, just amazing.
The strings? not so much,
But the piano work priceless. One of the best minutes of music on my harddrive.
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