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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 (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 1201 Music
  • ASIN: B0039TD75Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hermitage
2. Passport
3. Misery
4. Nardis
5. Segment
6. Farmer's Trust
7. Etudes
Disc: 2
1. Bay City
2. Farmer's Trust
3. Lonely Woman
4. Silence
5. Body & Soul
6. Visa

Editorial Reviews

A special edition of rare analog recordings from some of the free-jazz bass icon s most cherished, Quartet West-era moments, this release features
an unprocessed True Stereo analog recording from Naim engineer Ken
Christianson. Originally released as two separate live albums in 1993, the
set was beautifully repackaged in celebration of Haden s 70th birthday and
features an exceptionally rare outing for the late, great Billy Higgins, slotting into the rhythm section alongside Quartet West s Broadbent and Watts. 180-gram vinyl, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, includes
personal photography and sleeve notes by Charlie himself.

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Absolutely wonderful collection of two fine live Quartet West performances.
Joseph Spencer
This is a re-release of two separate recordings that were originally released in very small quantities.
Stuart Jefferson
The band provides a fitting performance and is well rewarded with the audience enthusiasm.
Richard C. Ferris

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 27, 2010
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Two discs 71,75 minutes each approximately. The remastered sound is very good-especially for live recordings from 1987-88. There are no real notes to speak of-except some personal thoughts from Haden concerning each concert. The discs are snapped in,inside the four-fold-out cardboard holder,which is nicely done with a pen-and-ink drawing of Haden and his instrument. There are a number of b&w photos of various members of the group inside the holder,which are nice but small in size.

This is a re-release of two separate recordings that were originally released in very small quantities. The first disc features Haden on double bass,Ernie Watts-saxophones,Alan Broadbent-piano,and the drummer's drummer (the late) Billy Higgins,who Haden has played on and off with for some three decades. The second (recorded near Haden's boyhood home) disc has identical personnel except Higgins is replaced with Paul Motian,another legendary jazz musician.

The first disc (recorded at Haden's 50th birthday) has a slight jam session feel to it (which is fine) but the compositions and the high caliber of musicianship more than compensate for any looseness in the playing. The tunes range from two Pat Metheny songs ("Hermitage" and "Farmer's Trust"),to Miles Davis ("Nardis"),to two Charlie Parker tunes ("Passport","Segment"),to a tune each by Tony Scott ("Misery") and J.S. Bach ("Etudes"),all which the group attacks in equal amounts of subtle fervor and restrained skill-all from many years of playing both together (Haden's QUARTET WEST) and with many other jazz greats.

The second disc comes from a live public concert in 1988. In comparison to the first disc,these tracks have a bit more life in them,thanks in large part to Watt's angular sounding sax.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Ferris on September 18, 2010
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Charlie Haden is one of the few living jazz legends. Every recording that has his participation is worth a listen. However, when he chooses to lead instead of support, it's worth special attention. The 13 tracks contained in this two disc package represent two separate concerts. Disc one celebrates Charlie's 50th birthday. The concert takes place at "At My Place "in Santa Monica, Ca. on Aug. 6, 1987.
Musicians include C.H. (bass), Alan Broadbent (piano), Ernie Watts (sax) and the late great Billy Higgins (drums). Essentially, this band is Quartet West.

The ensemble leads off with Pat Metheny's "Hermitage ".It offers the band an opportunity to slow it down and demonstrate their soulful side. Both this number and the next, "Passport ", will appear on the Studio recording titled, Quartet West.
Charlie Parker's "Passport", gives every member an opportunity to limber up and stretch their chops. Billy's drum solo is one of the standout performances on this selection.
Next up, is Tony Scott's "Misery ". Alan Broadbent, a distinguished U.K. arranger and composer, shines on the piano solo and Ernie Watts matches him note for note on his outing.
Charlie Haden spins an intriguing bass solo on the fourth number, Miles Davis' "Nardis ". This tune is like an old friend to C.H. and, as such, he provides a very rich musical conversation. Ernie Watts seamlessly segues in and takes the tune to its cresting final conclusion.
The band then kicks off Charlie Parker's "Segment ", an 11 minute jazz masterpiece which will appear on the 1992 Quartet West studio release titled "Haunted Heart ". Again, Alan Broadbent digs in and explores this compositions far reaches.

The next to last tune is the old standard "Body and Soul".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on October 26, 2010
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"The Private Collection" has become one of my favorite Charlie Haden CD's. The chemistry of these two quartets, played at separate venues almost a year apart, is quite a musical treat. Hearing Billy Higgins' lay down his signature driving pulses on disc one is pure joy for the ears. He and Charlie have always shared a special musical chemistry that dates back to the early 60's. Especially on the Charlie Parker compositions, they engage in several magical moments that provide a great reflection of their long shared friendship. Paul Motian is the rhythm master on disc two and is the perfect catalyst to keep the music simmering at the right creative temperature. Listening to the second disc gave me several chilling flashbacks to the great creative music that he and Haden created with Keith Jarrett in the 70's.

But what makes this music so special to these ears is the sweet and lyrical playing of Ernie Watts (Saxophone) and Alan Broardbent (Piano). These two share a highly evolved creative connection that absolutely soars on the open ended pieces like "Lonely Woman" and rips the heart out of the beautiful melodies on the slower pieces like Pat Metheny's "Farmer's Trust". Haden plays some great bass throughout and really lays down a passionate solo on the heart wrenching "Silence". He deserves extra credit for having the foresight to assemble such a stellar group of friends to help him celebrate these two special occasions. I feel very fortunate that he decided to release these performances from his personal collection to share with the rest of the world. This music is special and I will cherish it for a long time. Peace!
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