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Format: CD
Sku: 220242980
UPC: 602527508160
UPC 14: 00602527508160
Release Date: 3/22/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. If I'm Lucky ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
2. Sophisticated Ladies ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
3. Ill Wind ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
4. Today I Am a Man ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
5. My Love and I - (featuring Cassandra Wilson) ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
6. Theme From Markham ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
7. Let's Call It a Day - (featuring Ruth Cameron) ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
8. Angel Face ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
9. Love Like This, A ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
10. My Old Flame ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
11. Goodbye ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West
12. Wahoo ~ Charlie Haden/Charlie Haden Quartet West

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Charlie Haden (double bass); Cameron Patrick, Marcy Vaj, Kevin Kumar, Cecilia Hobbs Gardner, Yuiko Kamakari, Una Tone, Adriana Zoppo, Narciso Figueroa, Elena Barere, Kirstin Fife, Maria Newman, Susan Chatman, Ruth Brugger-Johnson, Katherine Fong, Laura Mcginniss, Jonathan Dinklage (violin); Dov Scheindlin, Todd Low, Suzanna Giordano, Vincent Lionti, Karen Elaine, Margot Aldcroft, Karen Dreyfus, Robert Berg (viola); Timothy Loo, Diane Barere, Elizabeth Wright, Jodi Burnett, Ellen Westerman, Jerry Grossman , Jeanne LeBlanc, Steve Richards (cello); Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone); Alan Broadbent (piano); Rodney Green (drums); Karen Karlsrud, Pam Gates, Eric Gorfain, Michael Ferril, Katherine Livolsi, Anatoly Fosinsky, Hae Young Ham, Joyce Hammann, Marina Manukian, Avril Brown, Yuri Vodovoz.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jay Newland.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Jean-Phillipe Allard; Ruth Cameron; Charlie Haden.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (05/20/2010/05/21/2010); Capitol Studios, Studio B, Hollywood, CA (05/20/2010/05/21/2010); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (06/04/2010); Capitol Studios, Studio B, Hollywood, CA (06/04/2010); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (07/12/2010-07/26/2010); Capitol Studios, Studio B, Hollywood, CA (07/12/2010-07/26/2010).
Muze PNote Photographer: Steven Perilloux.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Alan Broadbent; Charlie Haden.
Muze PNote Bassist extraordinaire Charlie Haden has always prized diversity in his music, whether reaching for the outer limits with Ornette Coleman a half-century ago, leading his own experimental Liberation Music Orchestra or, in 2008, celebrating his roots in what's now called Americana on Rambling Boy, a Grammy-nominated album that featured contributions from Elvis Costello, B?la Fleck, and others. As they mark their 25th year together, Haden's Quartet West -- not so much a side trip at this point as a comfy base to occasionally return to -- offers up Sophisticated Ladies, a collection split between collaborations with superstar female vocalists and rich instrumentals, nearly all of it heavily orchestrated. The set expands upon the concept Haden first explored in 1999 on The Art of the Song, which utilized vocalists Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson on various film songs and standards. This time, with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist/arranger Alan Broadbent (both mainstays of the quartet), and drummer Rodney Green, Haden goes for a lush, all-embracing sound that suggests a warm, cozy mood that reflects a time -- which may or may not ever have existed -- when life was much less hectic. The recording largely pays tribute to the romantic balladry of the mid-20th century, and Haden's choices of both material and guest artists allow him to bring that concept to fruition gloriously. Diana Krall, leading the back-to-back "Goodbye" and "Wahoo," closes out the album: the first is a whispery take on the Gordon Jenkins number that served as Benny Goodman's theme song, and the latter an uptempo swinger written by Benny Harris. Norah Jones was a natural pick for a set that values classiness and sensuality, and her "Ill Wind," penned by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and arranged by Haden, exudes a smoky nightclub ambience, Broadbent's piano lending a blues touch to Jones' soothing delivery. Cassandra Wilson is another inspired pick, and her interpretation of Johnny Mercer's "My Love and I," bathed in strings and elegance, is a highlight of the set. The album's other vocal performances -- by Melody Gardot, Ren?e Fleming, and Ruth Cameron -- are also memorable, but not to be overlooked are the non-vocal tracks. Hank Jones' bluesy "Angel Face" is simultaneously sweet and melancholy, while Steve Khun's fiery "Today I Am a Man" is the swingingest number here. And of course, Haden couldn't very well title his album Sophisticated Ladies without including Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," which matches Watts' bold saxophone licks to another luxuriant orchestration. Sophisticated Ladies does fall just short at times of mimicking a brand of saccharine faux-post-big-band jazz that flourished in the '50s and early '60s, but Haden and his team are too masterful to allow their tribute to lose its stylishness and, of course, its sophistication. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

Producer: Ruth Cameron; Charlie Haden

Engineer: Jay Newland; Vince Caro

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Melody Gardot
Muze Guest Artist Norah Jones
Muze Guest Artist Cassandra Wilson
Muze Guest Artist Ruth Cameron
Muze Guest Artist Ren?e Fleming
Muze Guest Artist Diana Krall

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations September Songs
Muze Music Compilations Selected Signs
Muze Music Compilations Ringo Rama
Muze Music Compilations Blending Times

Associated Artists and Works

Allen, Geri
Allen, Geri (Piano)
Anderson, Chris (Jazz)
Baker, Chet (Trumpet/Vocals/Com
Barron, Kenny
Bill Henderson (Violin)
Bley, Carla
Bley, Paul
Bogdanovic, Dusan
Brecker, Michael
Cherry, Don (Jazz)
Cherry, Don (Trumpet)
Coleman, Ornette
Cotton, James
Cotton, James (Blues)
Cotton, James (Harmonica)
CTI All-Stars
Elling, Kurt
Escoude, Christian
Heartplay ~ Forcione, Antonio
Garbarek, Jan
Magico ~ Garbarek, Jan
Gillespie, Dizzy
Granelli, Jerry
Magico: Carta De Amor ~ Haden
Charlie Haden/Jim Hall ~ Hall, Jim
Hobgood, Lawrence
Last Dance ~ Jarrett, Art
Jasmine [Slipcase] ~ Jarrett, Keith
Last Dance ~ Jarrett, Keith
Hamburg '72 ~ Jarrett, Keith
John Taylor (Sax)
Jones, Hank (Piano)
Come Sunday ~ Jones, Hank (Piano)
Konitz, Lee
Melvoin, Mike
Metheny, Pat
Mingus Dynasty
Motian, Paul
Original Soundtrack
Paredes, Carlos (Guitar)
Redman, Dewey
Rubalcaba, Gonzalo
Simopoulos, Nana
Tayler, John
Taylor, John (Piano)
Togashi, Masahiko
Zeitlin, Denny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/01/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2750816
Music Label Name Label : Decca
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527508160

Professional Reviews

Down Beat (p.56)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The title track is a lovely showcase for Ernie Watts....Pointedly grown-up with an almost literary elegance, Haden and partners understand the ties between jazz and cabaret."

JazzTimes (p.63)
- "Krall's 'Goodbye' is artfully scorched. Most surprising is the haunting, earthy passion of Fleming's 'A Love Like This.'"

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Diana Krall's 'Goodbye' and Norah Jones's 'Ill Wind' are strikingly vulnerable, intimate performances of classics..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Haden,Charlie Quart
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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