Angel Face / Charlie Haden Quartet West - 8 - Sophisticated Ladies / 2010 Télécharger
- 7 mai 2015
Angel Face / Charlie Haden Quartet West - 8 - Sophisticated Ladies / 2010 The new release by Quartet West, Sophisticated Ladies, not only finds the group with a new drummer (Rodney Green), but as well in the company of some of the greatest female vocalists of our time - Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renee Fleming and Charlie's wife, Ruth Cameron. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Charlie Haden's Quartet West has been championed as one of jazz's most consistently compelling bands dedicated not only to creatively revealing the secrets of the standards but as a band that is known the world over for its own sophisticated music. The quartet originally started as a side project for Haden who lives in Southern California to play with some of the great players in Los Angeles however it received such immediate acclaim that it has continued to perform and record continuously since 1986. This latest recording, Sophisticated Ladies, released in Europe in October 2010 to rave reviews (including a lengthy run in France as the No. 1 jazz album), opens the latest chapter in Quartet West's historic story with the legendary bassist at the helm. It should be noted that Charlie Haden is an omnivorous listener and collector who has gathered what he calls "a vault" of songs that he loves and that have often slipped under the radar in appreciation. Thus instead of relying on the well-treaded Great American Song library, the bassist and bandleader brings to light lesser-known tunes delivered with refined improvisations that are equal parts romantic, classy, elegant and alluring. For the wonderfully sublime Sophisticated Ladies, Quartet West's new CD and seventh overall, the core group of piano, sax, bass and drums embarks into familiar territory however with a new cast of collaborators: six of contemporary music's top-tier singers, including, in order of appearance, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ruth Cameron, Renée Fleming and Diana Krall. With his warm-toned bass lines anchoring the proceedings, Haden leads his band comprising tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist and orchestral strings arranger Alan Broadbent, and drummer Rodney Green who makes his Quartet West recording debut after replacing the legendary LA based drummer, Laurence Marable five years ago as Marable is in failing health. The 12-track album includes six salient instrumentals that complement the six moving vocal performances. With two exceptions, the sessions were recorded live with strings in New York and Los Angeles.