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Charlie Haden

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Charles Edward Haden (born August 6, 1937) is a jazz double bassist, probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny. Haden is also known for his signature lyrical bass lines and is one of the most respected jazz bassists and jazz composers today.
At least three of his children are also musicians: Josh Haden (of Spain), Petra Haden and Rachel Haden.

As a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s early bands, bassist Charlie Haden became known as one of free jazz’s founding fathers. Haden has never settled into any of jazz’s many stylistic niches, however. Certainly he’s played his share of dissonant music — in the ‘60 and ’70s, as a sideman with Coleman and Keith Jarrett, and as a leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, for instance — but for the most part, he seems drawn to consonance. Witness his trio with saxophonist Jan Garbarek and guitarist Egberto Gismonti, whose ECM album Silence epitomized a profoundly lyrical and harmonically simple aesthetic, or his duo with guitarist Pat Metheny, which has as much to do with American folk traditions as with jazz. There’s a soulful reserve to Haden’s art. Never does he play two notes when one (or none) will do. Not a flashy player along the lines of a Scott LaFaro (who also played with Coleman), Haden’s facility may be limited, but his sound and intensity of expression are as deep as any jazz bassist’s.

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