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Land of the Sun

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie HadenAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart) 8:05Album Only
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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0002O37RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

From free jazz and protest songs to American folk tunes, eclecticism has been bassist Charlie Haden's stock-in-trade. On his previous recording, Nocturne, Haden, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and percussionist Ignacio Berroa explored the Latin ballad tradition. Here, save for Augstin Lara's "Solamente Una Vez (You Belong to My Heart)" (previously recorded by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra) and Armando Manzanero's "Esta Tarde Vi Llover (Yesterday I Heard the Rain)," Haden focuses on the work of little-known Mexican composer Jose Sabre Marroquin. Haden's vivid and vibrant bass lines are augmented by Rubalcaba's transcendent arrangements, featuring Lovano and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon. Marroquin's romantic boleros and canciones, especially "Nostalgia" and "Paola's Song," exemplify the softer syncopations of the Latin sound. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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Legendary bassist & producer Charlie Haden reunites with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, his co-producer of the GRAMMY-award winning Best Latin Jazz Album Nocturne, on Land of the Sun - another exquisitely crafted recording. A collection of beautiful ballads from Mexico, Land of the Sun focuses primarily on the compositions of Jose Sabre Marroquin whose songs are recognized as landmarks of Mexico's popular music. Sun also features Agustin Lara's classic "Solamente Una Vez," a song which has been recorded by both Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley. In addition to sax giant Joe Lovano & percussionist Ignacio Berroa (both prominently featured on Nocturne), Sun includes the addition of alto sax, trumpet, flute & guitar, resulting in a richer sound that further highlights the lyricism of these indelible melodies. Land of the Sun is another milestone in one of the most critically distinguished & popular careers in the history of jazz.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disc of great warmth and beauty September 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Longtime collaborators Haden and Rubalcaba have produced a recording of many delicious pleasures.

It's worth a short accounting of how this music came about (as rendered in the disc's liner notes). Charlie Haden, a man with deep affinities to Latin music, played a concert in 2003 in Austin, Texas. After the concert he was approached by Patricia Mendes, daughter of Mexican composer Jose Sabre Marroquin, whose song, "Nocturnal," Haden had recorded earlier. She wished to thank the artist for his beautiful rendition of the song, and to give him a folder of her father's compositions.

After carefully looking over these compositions, Haden showed them to Gonzalo Rubalcaba to see if the latter might be interested in working with him on an entire disc of Marroquin compositions. When Rubalcaba showed enthusiasm for the project, the two began to plan a recording session, which ended up with eight songs by Marroquin and one each by Mexican composers Agustin Lara and Armando Manzanero.

The result is this disc. In many ways, it is a recording of profound, although deceptive, simplicity. The musical materials comprise such commonplace elements as to lull the unwary listener into an almost tropically soporific stupor. A closer attending reveals subtleties of composition, arrangement, and playing that vault the proceedings out of seemingly merely generic pretty Latin music into the precincts of glorious felicity. The leader's bass playing has a lot to do with it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, Sweet and Fresh. January 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is how I describe "Land of the Sun":
Soft, mellow and relaxing, without any musical instruments confusion; every note and every sound from these fine 10 musicians is so well heard and appreciated. The Bongo played by Juan De La Cruz is a beautiful sound addition on every track and the Stereo recording is very well distributed. Charlie Haden is not trying to show what a great player he is; he is simply making a great soft Jazz album full of taste and sweet melodies.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, put this album in your CD player and enjoy this beautiful relaxing jazz masterpiece of Charlie Haden. "Land of the Sun"
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, But Missing Something January 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I came to Charlie Haden's music via Nocturne a couple of years ago. With much of the cast back for this recording I find it enjoyable, but a little disappointing. Nocturne seemed able to maintain a slight edge that allowed the music to be soft and deeply felt and didn't fall over the edge into background music. Land of the Sun doesn't quite pull that off. It really is quite beautiful and I love Gonzalo Rubalcaba's piano work, but the edge just isn't there this time out. If you don't have Nocturne let me guide you in that direction.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Listen to the music, and you will understand June 28, 2006
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I agree with the editorial review and with "Longboard Jazzer." Those who are only giving this album 1 star just aren't getting it. The emphasis in this album is on the songs themselves, which makes this album a little different from others. Every song is interesting and beautiful, in a subtle kind of way. With songs like this being the unifying factor of the album, the arrangements and solos should serve to complement them - and they do. Rubalcaba has some very fine arrangements that, again, are interesting in a very subtle kind of way. Really listen, and you'll get it. There is fine playing throughout that is very sensible and appropriate for the music. Rubalcaba's playing demonstrates these qualities throughout, and I must argue that Zenon's solo on the opening track is perhaps the best on the album. He is a player who has a lot of great things going for him. This is a must-have... but it warrants some serious, careful listening, or else you'll miss the importance of this album.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title should be heaven September 15, 2004
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Charlie Haden's "Land Of The Sun" will take you on a journey into your inner soul, just sit back and close your eyes and listen to the fruit and juice of the music as it flows though you. It will put you into a state of relaxation like you haven't felt before. Each and every track of sound will leave your body in a very relaxed state. A must have sound for every one. Larry Hobson-Author- The Day Of The Rose
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Masterpiece June 11, 2013
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Charlie Haden is a jazz bass player who I feel I have not devoted enough time to learning his music. Every time I hear something from this very diverse and very talented player I always enjoy it. His 2005 collaboration with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Land of the Sun, is one of his albums that I happily stumbled upon by accident and continuously come back to time and time again. This is a beautiful romantic jazz masterpiece with Charlie Haden on bass, Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, Ignacio Berroa on drums/percussion and a variety of other great musicians. All of the songs except two were originally written by the Mexican composer Jose Sabre Marroquin while the other two were written by two other Mexican composers: Armando Manzanero and Augustine Lara. This album is just absolutely stunningly beautiful and it well deserves the grammy it won Haden in 2005 for best Latin Jazz album. This was Haden's and Rubalcaba's second collaboration on a latin jazz album and their second grammy together after winning one for their previous collaboration Nocturne. Rubalcaba is an absolute amazing Cuban pianist who did a wonderful job of arranging the delicate music for this album. It's probably my favorite album to put on to either enjoy a nice relaxing morning watching the sun rise or at the end of the day when I just want to sit down, relax, look back at my day and smile. The music is simple and relaxing while also being eloquent and uplifting. The fifth track on the album, Nostalgia, always puts a smile on my face and is a great way to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
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5.0 out of 5 stars music + conversation = best!
I first heard this CD in Seattle while visiting some friends. This music was perfect for adding to the ambience -- was more than "just background" but less than dominating. Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by arroyo sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
I received this as a gift. I'm not a huge fan of jazz, but I played this CD for the first time yesterday, and I have listened to it a half-dozen times since. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by Blueberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Siesta by the beach
is what it should have been called. Best in a hammock by a pleasant surf in the shade on a breeze afternoon in a caribbean beach. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound of the Sun
As the sun appears to brightly rise, move majestically across the sky, and slowly set in soft yet blazing colors, this music doesn't hurry. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by Chris W.
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Relaxing, but too sopoforic for all but bedtime
Ten relaxing and beautiful compositions from bassist Charlie Haden featuring pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Dave Deubler
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull music for elderly people, why the 5 stars?
I bought this album because I love Charlie Haden's tone, and was impressed by the inclusion of the very fast playing alto saxist Miguel Zenon and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba in the... Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Mr. W. G. Simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars big letdown
after the beauty of "nocturne", i expected this to be , at least comparable, since many of the same people are on this date...sorry... Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by F. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Hi, folks !

Thanks for sharing your patience with this album of mine!

I don't like it so much as you do ... Read more
Published on May 8, 2005 by Mark Twain
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