Charlie Haden made his reputation in the early 60s with Ornette Coleman’s avant garde jazz revolution (after a mid-western childhood playing with his family’s country & western band). After a period of drug addiction and resurrection through political action, he settled back on the West Coast, taught and CalArts, and resumed an early interest in duets (with among others Pat Metheny, Kenny Baron, and Ornette). This album with Hank is my favorite of a great bunch. A combination of gospel songs and church hymns, they’re interpretations by two of the sublime players of their generations. Easy going down and smart at the same time.
Charlie Haden: bass
Hank Jones: piano
Jason Plapp (co-creator of Bradwurst, “the only character who’s ass you can see from all directions”) asked me about some jazz he could check out. I assume because I started my career as a jazz record producer. So Jason’s giving me inspiration to search out and post some of my favorite jazz tracks. There won’t be any other rhyme or reason other than that I like them, but maybe they’ll be useful pointers. And I’ll link to Wikipedia biographies to help guide whatever sketches I put up.
Hank Jones is one of the great journeymen of his (and our) time. He comes from Detroit, made his name as a bebopper in the 40s, and settled in as one of the most versatile stylists of any era, equally comfortable in music popular before and after his coming of age. His brothers Elvin (from John Coltrane’s great quartet) and Thad (Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band) also [Read more…]