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Celebrated faculty member Charlie Haden performs at REDCAT

December 9, 2013
LA Times

By Chris Barton

Five musical reasons to see Charlie Haden at REDCAT Tuesday

You can't talk about modern jazz without talking about Charlie Haden.

The bassist who forged a woodsy backbone for groundbreaking recordings with Ornette Coleman and later went on to found the jazz program at CalArts, Haden has been in poor health since the onset of post-polio syndrome in 2010 -- a disease that first struck him at 15 years old.

As a result, Haden hasn’t performed in public since 2011, but Tuesday night he conducts an ensemble of CalArts musicians through pieces from his invigorating Liberation Music Orchestra, a fiery venture into the politically charged side of the avant garde jazz the bassist formed in 1969. To whet your appetite, here’s a selection of recordings to remind us what we’ve been missing in Haden’s absence from the bandstand. Read More.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OKmkluAq6tA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7n9mDZnKH6I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WbYYOoDlNZc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W9LJJbgD_FQ

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