Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Cool, Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 530 210-7 | Time: 01:18:14
It would seem a strange thing compiling the work of Charlie Haden's decade-long Quartet West Group onto a single disc. The reason isn't that they recorded so much material, but more because the material was themed record by record. Yet that is exactly why a compilation like this does work, because this group played music utilizing different aspects of the same theme: to evoke the spirits, ghosts and sprites of a Los Angeles that has moved off the screen of real life into the stuff of myth. That Haden and his group, which included drummer Larance Marable (who replaced Billy Higgins after the group's first, self-titled album in 1986), saxophonist Ernie Watts, and pianist Alan Broadbent could make it all sound so present and real, gives the impression that there was truth in the images. This is not only from a West Coast point of view (though there it is imbued more with the striking visual reveries to accompany the tunes) but also in the popular culture mythos in the collective American mind.