San Diego Symphony Principal Bass Jeremy Kurtz (also a podcast interview guest) forwarded me a link to this New York Times piece about double bassist Charlie Haden. My insane schedule has delayed my releasing this, but better late than never, right?
During the first of his two headlining gigs in New York this summer Charlie Haden played bebop and ballads. He was leading Quartet West, a working band of more than 20 years, and playing a room where he had once appeared with Ornette Coleman. In essence he was filling the role that has publicly defined him throughout his adult life: eminent jazz bassist. Skip to next paragraph Multimedia Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Among the other performers who joined Mr. Haden in concert and on his new album were his wife, Ruth Cameron
At Mr. Haden’s second recent engagement here, an outdoor show featuring his triplet daughters, his son and his wife, alongside an all-star coterie of Nashville musicians, he was the patriarch and keeper of the flame. It was a preview of “Rambling Boy” (Decca), Mr. Haden’s warmhearted new album, which includes guest turns by Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello and Ricky Skaggs. And like the album, which is due out on Tuesday, it was deeply personal, drawing on Mr. Haden’s lifetime in American music.
Read the complete article here.