Yesterday, the ISB sent a note of sadness and condolence regarding Charlie Haden.
Charlie is a bassist with whom I’ve identified for so many years. His collaboration, specifically with Keith Jarrett, occurred at a moment in time, around 1974 (+ 40 years ago) when I had to make a decision: To be a bassist or a husband and father? That was the question. I chose the latter at that time, thinking, “Why else did I marry?” Love makes you do strange things!
Fourteen years ago, I again had the choice before me as a widower, and I play as often as possible. Thus, it is that upon being informed of Charlie’s death I again listened to the work done that was so inspirational around 1974.
Fort YAWUH is a recording that rings my bell at so many levels, both for Keith’s piano playing — including all of the other guys playing with him — and, or course, Charlie Haden.
Find and listen to Fort Yawuh. I’ve got the vinyl, but I’ll not take time to load it. Last night I listened again. YouTube has a version (poor sound quality, but definitely worth the audition). I highly recommend it.
Rest and be Alive in the Vibes, Charlie. They’re all good.