Like so many others, I'm still thinking about Charlie Haden and what a huge loss his death leaves us with.
I really like what Keith Jarrett says about him in this clip- "Charlie stays within his abilities. So many people take so many risks that they wind up losing it in the middle..."
That statement struck me as almost perfunctory or even dismissive at first, but when I thought more about it, I understood it to be the ultimate compliment and the very definition of being a master: sitting in absolute authenticity and widening the circle to completely encompass, lift and compel everyone around you. In that rarest of spaces there simply are no risks to take. Charlie Haden in a nutshell.
Four of my favorite versions of Donna Lee. (The Jaco one is assumed here...)
Of course the classic: Charlie Parker, Miles, Bud Powell-pno , Tommy Potter- bs, Max Roach- drms.
The incredible Clifford Brown: w/ Sam Dockery-p, Ace Tisone- bs, Ellis Tollin- drm
The oddball: Claude Thornhill’s unique dance band version arranged by a young Gil Evans.
The sublime and totally unexpected: Joe Lavano treats it as a broken time ballad. Lovely and left field. Joe Lovano ts, James Weidman- p, Esperanza Spalding bs, Otis Brown III, Fransico Mela drm.