Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - Jazz Fest, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, June 3, 1972

I’ve been binging on Charlie Haden a bit for the last week. The guy had such a wide ranging career! So many records I’ve yet to hear. This FM broadcast from his time with Keith Jarrett and Paul Motian is a joy to listen to. The musicians sound like they’re having a blast. Big O also has an equally good recording from a night in Paris on the same tour.

I strongly suggest you head over to Ethan Iverson’s Do The Math blog for a host of Haden-related material, including some very touching tributes from the bassist’s fellow musicians.  

I especially like this bit from an interview a few years back: 

[W]hen I arrived in L.A. in 1956, I went to hear the Miles Davis quintet. Man! You could sit in front of these guys and feel the power. The feeling of spontaneity from each musician allied with the technical part: the harmony, the voicings, the cymbals, the bass… together, it could have generated electricity. I know if I had gotten to sit in front of Bird, Bud Powell, and Fats Navarro, it would have been the same power.

So, I was watching Paul Chambers to see if he had tears in eyes. It looked like he did. He looked so great playing, man. Then, when the set was over, he came right over to my table. “Man, you are looking at me the whole time!”

I told my name, and that I was a bass player, and that I loved his playing, and that in every picture I had seen of him and on stage tonight it looked like there were tears in his eyes.

He looked at me for a moment, and said, “I do. I cry.”

I said, “Man! That is so great!”


Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Plutonian Nights (Original Tape Master)

From “Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In The Orbit Of Ra

Mastered from the original tapes, out Sept. 22 on Strut.
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In The Orbit Of Ra celebrates one of the most legendary creative minds in jazz music, Sun Ra. Compiled by the current leader of Ra’s band the Arkestra, Marshall Allen, and mastered from the original reel to reel tapes, the music of Sun Ra has never sounded better.

“Plutonian Nights” was originally released on the El Saturn Records LP The Nubians Of Plutonia. Written and Arranged by Sun Ra. Recorded in Chicago, 1958-1959.

Sun Ra: Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Lucious Randolph: Trumpet
Marshall Allen: Alto Saxophone, Percussion
John Gilmore: Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
Pat Patrick: Baritone Saxophone
Ronnie Boykins: Bass
Robert Barry: Drums, Percussion