於1937年出生在美国爱荷华州的当代低音提琴中流砥柱查理‧海登，在未满2岁之际即以其害羞娇嫩的童声稚音在父母亲所主持的乡村音乐广播节目里一展歌喉，表现出十足音乐天分，而后在青少年时期则开始学习低音提琴演奏，於20岁之际举家搬迁至西岸爵士重镇洛杉磯，藉著地利之便也因此开啟其日后以爵士乐创作及演奏为正职的璀璨繽纷之路！海登在当地除了与萨克斯风手亚特‧派伯与戴斯特‧高登、钢琴手汉普顿‧豪斯等一干好手同台飆技粹鍊实战经验外，更先后参与分别由萨克斯风手欧涅特‧寇曼及钢琴巨擘凯斯‧杰瑞特所领军的四重奏乐团，不仅领略浸淫了亢直无畏之自由爵士乐风中所开拓的崭新弘观视野，更在与团员如小号手唐‧伽利、萨克斯风手杜伊‧瑞德曼、鼓手比利‧辛吉斯或保罗‧摩提安或艾德‧布拉克威尔於器乐演绎间对峙与盘旋、窜伏与掣曳、斗引与牵制间激盪出更精彩绝美的音乐光谱！之后海登则单飞筹组了解放者大乐团（Liberation Music Orchestra），历经先前寇曼所独创之和声旋律及杰瑞特所擅场之不和谐乐音轮番洗礼的他，对激进前卫的表现手法更是得心应手，故游刃有餘地透过实验性十足的深邃乐音声响表现以纽约为起点，更进一步向全世界宣告发声，透露出其永不妥协的坚毅性格及表达出对追求自由平等理念的人道关怀精神。此外，海登亦积极从音乐交会的瞬息顷刻间发掘出更多元面向的可能性，演奏范畴更是扩及蓝调语汇、世界音乐、福音诗歌、拉丁爵士或乡村民谣等不同类型乐风，故能在吸纳及融合后精致酿酢出专属於海登式的超凡音乐风采，也因此使他在五十餘年的爵士生涯里能够集葛莱美奖与爵士权威评鑑重拍杂誌乐评票选奖常胜军、美国艺术基金会作曲奖得主及BBC爵士奖年度全球最佳音乐家等多项至尊殊荣於一身！而西岸四重奏（Quartet West）则为海登於1985年重返洛城后在爱妻露丝‧卡麦隆构思及鼓励下所成立的小编制乐团，成员包括次中音萨克斯风手尔尼‧华兹、钢琴手亚伦‧布罗本特及鼓手比利‧辛吉斯（先后由劳伦斯‧玛拉勃及罗德尼‧葛林入替）等均为一时之选，该乐团音乐基调主张回归怀旧舒缓的咆勃乐本质，透过传统爵士曲式及现代音乐线条水乳交融的崭然詮释，再随著优美乐句之细腻刻画及悠扬旋律之飘逸铺陈以大力宣扬爵士乐所蕴含的真、善、美，并藉此重新点燃当代年轻乐迷们对於五０年代风靡一时的经典乐风之无比热情！
在歌声演唱部分，由鲜少詮释他人作品的酷漾传奇女声美乐蒂‧佳朵打头阵献唱艾灵顿公爵所创作的“If I’m Lucky”，在优雅弦乐及悠扬萨克斯风声响和谐交会下引领出新生代癒疗系女伶感动心脾的动听嗓音，字字句句的倾吐满载著世故成熟的沈稳洗鍊，而在海登低音提琴雅致撩拨映衬下，她声线犹如醇酒般温润，翔实地勾勒心灵底层的幽微悸动，亦深具抚慰人心的穿透质感；“Ill Wind”一曲由畅销金曲“Don’t Know Why”原唱者诺拉‧琼斯演绎，那如迷雾般性感嗓音一发声即动人心弦，在娓娓呢喃中堆迭出丰盈层次感，传唱间绽放著当代天后耀眼的温煦光芒；“My Love And I”一曲由誉为九０年代最有成就爵士歌手卡珊卓‧威尔森以其具磁性的低沈歌声细腻挥洒，搭配著海登抑扬分明的低音提琴滑刷及华兹甜蜜柔情的酥麻演奏，其迴盪在空气中的裊裊餘音表情十足，随旋律行进的声线游走都显得刻骨铭心；“Goodbye”一曲由葛莱美爵士天后戴安娜‧克瑞儿担纲詮释，其以一贯烟燻式招牌唱腔感性吟游，口气间所倾泄流转的悠悠歌声彷彿令人置身於氤氳靉靆的迷濛氛围中，令人著迷且沈醉！在器乐演绎部分，虽是添加了大编制弦乐团伴奏，但音乐主轴仍聚焦在西岸四重奏四位成员身上，华兹繾綣难舍的深情吹奏或盪气迴肠的豪情演奏、布罗本特错落分明的晶莹触键或飞快翻腾的跃动滑行、海登字适轻盈的柔情妆点或鏗鏘有力的撩拨滑刷、新成员葛林轻磨柔刷的巧妙映衬或掷地有声的击鼓鸣金，整体呈现於快慢间掌握得宜，更在海登掌大纛情况下，保有如往日般无间默契以器乐层迭出洒脱丰盈的天籟佳音，让人如沐春风地欣然浸淫其中；特别值得一提的是由钢琴手汉克‧琼斯所谱写的曲子“Angel Face”，本专辑录音之际正逢爵士耆老琼斯过世，这位风范长者对海登而言亦师亦友，故选择演绎此曲以向他致上最崇高的敬意。“Angel Face”一曲以简约清丽的手法表现，透过器乐缓行发声吟游宛若回顾著一位年高德劭尊者的嘉言懿行，行至曲末更以凄凄鬱鬱的低沈声响里划下句点，代表著其对於琼斯离去之难过及不舍，著实令人动容！
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Featuring Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ruth Cameron, Melody Gardot, Renée Fleming and Diana Krall
Grammy® winning bassist Charlie Haden celebrates the 25th anniversary of his celebrated quartet with twelve breathtaking instrumental and vocal-driven tracks that recall Swing-era jazz. Grammy® winning pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent's spiraling string arrangements lend the music an old Hollywood/film noir flair behind the all-star cast of guest vocalists. Highly recommended.
Label:EmArcy – 0602527508160
Style:Contemporary Jazz, Vocal
发行类型： Jazz 爵士 . CD . 英文 .
Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
Original Release Date: 2011
Number of Discs: 1
[-] by Jeff Tamarkin
Bassist extraordinaire Charlie Haden has always prized diversity in his music, whether reaching for the outer limits with Ornette Coleman a half-century ago, leading his own experimental Liberation Music Orchestra or, in 2008, celebrating his roots in what's now called Americana on Rambling Boy, a Grammy-nominated album that featured contributions from Elvis Costello, Béla Fleck, and others. As they mark their 25th year together, Haden's Quartet West -- not so much a side trip at this point as a comfy base to occasionally return to -- offers up Sophisticated Ladies, a collection split between collaborations with superstar female vocalists and rich instrumentals, nearly all of it heavily orchestrated. The set expands upon the concept Haden first explored in 1999 on The Art of the Song, which utilized vocalists Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson on various film songs and standards. This time, with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist/arranger Alan Broadbent (both mainstays of the quartet), and drummer Rodney Green, Haden goes for a lush, all-embracing sound that suggests a warm, cozy mood that reflects a time -- which may or may not ever have existed -- when life was much less hectic. The recording largely pays tribute to the romantic balladry of the mid-20th century, and Haden's choices of both material and guest artists allow him to bring that concept to fruition gloriously. Diana Krall, leading the back-to-back "Goodbye" and "Wahoo," closes out the album: the first is a whispery take on the Gordon Jenkins number that served as Benny Goodman's theme song, and the latter an uptempo swinger written by Benny Harris. Norah Jones was a natural pick for a set that values classiness and sensuality, and her "Ill Wind," penned by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and arranged by Haden, exudes a smoky nightclub ambience, Broadbent's piano lending a blues touch to Jones' soothing delivery. Cassandra Wilson is another inspired pick, and her interpretation of Johnny Mercer's "My Love and I," bathed in strings and elegance, is a highlight of the set. The album's other vocal performances -- by Melody Gardot, Renée Fleming, and Ruth Cameron -- are also memorable, but not to be overlooked are the non-vocal tracks. Hank Jones' bluesy "Angel Face" is simultaneously sweet and melancholy, while Steve Khun's fiery "Today I Am a Man" is the swingingest number here. And of course, Haden couldn't very well title his album Sophisticated Ladies without including Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," which matches Watts' bold saxophone licks to another luxuriant orchestration. Sophisticated Ladies does fall just short at times of mimicking a brand of saccharine faux-post-big-band jazz that flourished in the '50s and early '60s, but Haden and his team are too masterful to allow their tribute to lose its stylishness and, of course, its sophistication.
By E. Klerks
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Charlie Haden's Quartet West has produced a truly unique and beautiful record!
The masterful playing of Charlie Haden, Alan Broadbent, Ernie Watts and Rodney Green is further enhanced by Broadbent's lush, deeply musical string arrangements and an all-star cast of contemporary vocalists.
Each vocal track is unique, with each individual vocalist, the quartet and the strings all working in the service of the song.
Indeed, the order of the songs themselves on the album tell a larger story of love found and lost, beginning with Melody Gardot's beautifully innocent reading of "If I'm Lucky" and ending with a gorgeous, heartbreaking rendition of Gordon Jenkins' song "Goodbye" by Diana Krall. The entire CD unfolds like a great novel with each vocalist (Krall, Gardot, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Renee Fleming and Ruth Cameron) providing a unique chapter.
Of particular note are Alan Broadbent's string arrangements. Rather than providing simple background pads, the strings play a supportive, interactive role on the songs where they appear (Norah Jones' version of "Ill Wind" is the only vocal track without the string section and the stripped-down performance with the quartet provides a nice contrast to the lush string sounds found elsewhere).
Of course, the presence of leader Charlie Haden and his quartet is felt strongly throughout. Haden's bass playing needs no introduction- he is in amazing form throughout and his bass was recorded beautifully. A strong, deep, supportive sound that provides the foundation for the recording is on display here; anyone interested in hearing the instrument at its best need only listen to Charlie's feature on "My Old Flame". The strongest performance on the record comes from the entire quartet itself; never content to tread musical water, the group interacts deeply on every song, perhaps a byproduct of playing together (with the exception of drummer Rodney Green) for over 25 years. Watts takes brilliant solos throughout and Broadbent's playing is a masterclass in swing and subtlety (his solo on Cassandra Wilson's "A Love Like This" is transcendent!). Green's drumming is supportive and vibrant throughout, taking several brief but driving solos.
I've been a fan of Charlie Haden and his Quartet West for years and to me, overall, the record is a success on several levels- unique and individual performances from the vocalists, deep and swinging playing from the quartet and outstanding string arrangements. Sophisticated Ladies is, however, more than just the sum of its parts. The storytelling on this album, realized by Haden and co-producer Ruth Cameron, transcends mere performance and becomes an event, much like watching a great film. I strongly suggest listening to the CD from beginning to end to feel the full effect. It's deep, powerful stuff.
现年已届73 岁高龄的爵士低音结他手Charlie Haden，在80 年代中开始以两种音乐形态行走爵士乐坛，一是个人与其他个别乐手合作；一是以私家组合CharlieHaden Quartet West 出碟。个人化可玩到很前，亦可以很骑呢；私家组合则演奏很纯粹的主流爵士乐。今次的QuartetWest 换了鼓手及加入String orchestra，虽仍是很技术化的Mainstream Jazz，但加插了几首歌曲，找来几位当时得令的女歌手Melody Gardot、Norah Jones、CassandraWilson、Diana Krall，感觉很不同，变得更emotional 及怀旧，像回到30、40 年代歌台舞榭的Swing、Early Jazz 时代。几位女歌手的演出很动人，尤其Melody Gardot 和Norah Jones，前者幽幽森森、后者慵慵懒懒，很Sophisticated。
A&r, Executive Producer – Jean-Philippe Allard
Coordinator [Project] – Joe D'Ambrosio
Double Bass, Arranged By [Quartet], Producer – Charlie Haden
Drums – Rodney Green
Engineer [Hollywood, Assistant] – Charlie Paakkari
Engineer [Hollywood] – Vince Caro
Engineer [New York, Assistant] – Justin Gerrish
Engineer [New York], Engineer [New York, Additionnal], Mixed By – Jay Newland
Engineer [New York], Engineer [New York, Assistant, Additionnal] – Fernando Lodeiro
Management [Production] – Farida Bachir
Mastered By – Tom Baker (3)
Photography By [Assistant] – Petra Haden (2)
Photography By [Studio] – Steven Perilloux
Piano, Arranged By [String Orchestra], Conductor [String Orchestra] – Alan Broadbent
Producer – Ruth Cameron
Research [Song] – Rick Starr
Supervised By [Project] – Wulf Müller
Tenor Saxophone – Ernie Watts
1. If I’m Lucky (Featuring美乐蒂‧佳朵Melody Gardot)
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Ill Wind (Featuring诺拉‧琼斯Norah Jones)
4. Today I Am A Man
5. My Love And I (Featuring卡珊卓‧威尔森Cassandra Wilson)
6. Theme From Markham
7. Let’s Call It A Day (Featuring露丝‧卡麦隆Ruth Cameron)
8. Angel Face
9. A Love Like This (Featuring 芮妮‧弗莱明Renée Fleming)
10. My Old Flame
11. Goodbye (Featuring 戴安娜‧克瑞儿Diana Krall)
01. If I'm Lucky / Vocals – Melody Gardot Written-By – Eddie De Lange*, Josef Myrow 5:41
02. Sophisticated Lady / Written-By – Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Mitchell Parish 4:28
03. All Wind / Vocals – Norah Jones Written-By – Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler 4:25
04. Today I Am A Man / Written-By – Steve Kuhn 5:23
05. My Love And I / Vocals – Cassandra Wilson Written-By – David Raskin*, Johnny Mercer 4:14
06. Theme From "Markham" / Written-By – Stanley Wilson 4:40
07. Let's Call It A Day / Vocals – Ruth Cameron Written-By – Lew Brown, Ray Henderson 5:52
08. Angel Face / Written-By – Hank Jones 4:08
09. A Love Like This / Vocals – Renée Fleming Written-By – Ned Washington, Victor Young 5:13
10. My Old Flame / Written-By – Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow 5:35
11. Goodbye / Vocals – Diana Krall Written-By – Gordon Jenkins 5:48
12. Wahoo / Written-By – Bennie Harris* 4:52