Not In Our Name (w/Liberation Music Orchestra)
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So here he chooses to revive the Liberation Orchestra, along with the great Carla Bley, and delivers another astounding set of tunes that confirms his musical stature.
As far as the new Orchestra is concerned, the playing is tremendous, at once conscious of being an ensemble and blazing through their solos, whether it is Steve Cardenas on guitar, the horn section or Haden himself -precise and poetic, giving the music its hearbeat- every musician contributes to the beauty of these tunes.
As far as the songs, "Not In Our Name," "Throughout," "Amazing Grace" or "Blue Anthem" particularly stand out, yet the whole set is wonderful. Moving music for troubled and sad times from a man who has always understood that an artist is not above his peers nor his moment in history.
Thankfully, integrity can still be found in some places. Bassist, bandleader and composer Charlie Haden, together with pianist Carla Bley, has resurrected the Liberation Music Orchestra. A project designed to express distaste in the American government policies-- this new version of the band performs pieces by American composers, voiced and assembled as a statement against the policies of the United States government, and while there's no words to express the message, the music speaks loud and clear.
Opening with a solo classical guitar, it should be clear immediately this is not your everyday jazz album. And while "Not In our Name" moves into a big band arrangement, with horns picking up the theme and powerful solos (most notably from guitarist Steve Cardenas), there's an edge to this not commonly found in music.Read more ›
Beautifully recorded...On the Barber Adagio, the 5-man (& woman) brass section sounds as full as the Berlin Phil!
Plus some sterling, unidentified trumpet soloing on 'Goin' Home' a tune which sounds completely American Spiritual in origin but is from Dvorak's New World Symphony! (I would have to assume the soloist is Michael Rodriguez as his name is first in the tpt. credits.)
Although you will miss the Latin-styled guitar stylings of Mick Goodrick from the 1968 LP, this release not being a tribute to songs from the Spanish Civil War, there is an undercurrent of excitement generated throughout via the chordings of Carla Bley (impossible to believe she is self-taught!), Charley's thoughtful contributions and especially: The crisp drumming of Matt Wilson!
The only places where Not In Our Name suffers are unfortunately in the middle of the CD. A medley that starts with America the Beautiful is followed by Amazing Grace (which has probably been recorded more than any song in the history of music). Neither of these tracks are are very interesting and while their inclusion makes sense in some contextual way, their sound clunks along like outtakes from Swordfishtrombones.
However, don't be put off by those tracks because 1 through 3 and 6 through 8 are more than forty minutes of the best ensemble jazz your likely to hear. If you find yourself liking this recording you may want to check out Kenny Wheeler's excellent Music for Large and Small Ensembles or any of the incredible Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra recordings.
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The arrangements and compositions in this album are very fresh and interesting to listen to. I would recommend this album to any one who needs to listen to something that is just... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
What I can say is good, good Jazz, with a good deal of "Protest", in the music. The swagger, and sway of the music leads one in one direction, and then "Bam" it goes off in... Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Book & Music Lover
Just got back from San Francisco where he played at Yoshi's. The music was fabulous. Definitely worth the price of admission.Published on December 21, 2005 by hid314
In a way, it's unfortunate that this recording has a political base. Because of this, what evolves here might be viewed, by some, as merely an attempt at political statement which... Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by Allan Suchinsky
If I have the time frame right,all of the LMO recordings(includiong the 1999 Montreal release which was recorded in 1989)were recorded during US Republican administrations-hmmm. Read morePublished on November 23, 2005 by jimac51
The recent death of Rosa Parks confronts us again with an appreciation of how much "common" women and men forged a new sense of democracy in America. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by J. Herman Blake
Haden is always worth hearing, and Not in our Name is no exception. It also celebrates a fine organization and a fine concept regarding the use of a tragedy for political gain and... Read morePublished on October 10, 2005 by Richard J. Dovgin
Charlie is a fantastic musician. There's no doubt about that. And he always surrounds himself with incredibly talented musicians -- as he has done on this record. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by Steve Waite