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Charlie Haden Quartet West - In Angel City [1988]


The second recording by Charlie Haden's Quartet West is similar to the music that the group (bassist Haden, tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Larance Marable) would play for the next decade. Among the highlights of this well-rounded set (one of the band's most definitive releases) is "First Song" (Haden's most memorable composition), Miles Davis' "Blue In Green," and a lengthy exploration of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." An excellent showcase for Haden in a straight-ahead setting and for Watts, whose passionate sound perfectly fits the band. Highly recommended.

Amazon reviewer:
Recorded mid-1988, this is the second Quartet West album. The late Billy Higgins had departed, to be replaced by Larance Marable on every track bar one. Unlike its successors, 'Haunted Heart' and 'Always Say Goodbye', there is no splicing here with vintage recordings of classic artists such as Jo Stafford or Coleman Hawkins. No introductory fanfares either. But Haden's fixation with the LA of the past is clear. There's a lengthy Ray Chandler passage on the sleevenotes. The album cover features a photo of Haden back in the late 1950s, when the Ornette Coleman Quartet were appearing at the Club Hillcrest.

On the debut album, the band opened with a Metheny standard, 'Hermitage'. For this album, Metheny specially writes a piece entitled 'The Red Wind'. It is by far the most joyful track on the album -- Alan Broadbent seems almost surprised at having to play upbeat piano licks that Metheny would normally expect Lyle Mays to perform. The CD includes an extra couple of reasonable tracks not on the LP. If you had bought the LP, you wouldn't have got any Alan Broadbent compositions at all. Broadbent has really flourished as both composer and arranger on subsequent albums; here you only get an inkling of his potential.

Track list of Charlie Haden Quartet West - In Angel City :

1. Sunday at the Hillcrest 6:21
2. First Song (For Ruth) 6:57
3. The Red Wind 4:55
4. Blue in Green 7:16
5. Alpha 6:27
6. Live Your Dreams 6:32
7. Child's Play 3:06
8. Fortune's Fame 8:09
9. Tantantella 3:15
10. Lonely Woman 13:41

Charlie Haden Quartet West - In Angel City
Charlie Haden Quartet West - In Angel City

Haden's Quartet West at Jazz Baltica, Salzhau June 2000 with "Here's Looking at you" Ernie Watts (tenor) Alan Broadbent (pno) Haden on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums. Beautiful. Does Watts have one of the most distinctive tenor sounds in jazz?

Charlie Haden Quartet West with string orchestra - Youtube

Charlie Haden Official Website
Charlie Haden interview on Democracy Now!, September 1, 2006
Official Documentary Website
Charlie Haden at the Internet Movie Database
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