Personnel: Charlie Haden (vocals); Jo Stafford, Shirley Horn (vocals); Django Reinhardt (guitar); Murray Adler, St‚phane Grappelli (violin); Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone); Gianni Safred, Alan Broadbent (piano); Aurelio de Carolis, Billy Higgins (drums).
Liner Note Author: Charlie Haden.
Author: Francis Davis.
Photographers: Marielle CostosŠque; William Claxton.
Arranger: Alan Broadbent.
While best known for playing in the cutting-edge bands of Ornette Coleman and leading his own politically charged Liberation Music Orchestra, bassist Charlie Haden also has a mellow side. Quartet West is Haden's outlet for straight-ahead bebop and chilled-out interpretations of jazz standards and 1940s/early '50s Hollywood movie music. This BEST OF collection is just that, a cross-section of tracks from Quartet West's four excellent Verve discs. With mainstays Ernie Watts (sax) and Alan Broadbent (piano, arrangements), Quartet West serves up classic jazz balladry ("Body and Soul") and original songs evoking starry-eyed romance and classic Warner Brothers films ("Here's Looking At You").
If you haven’t heard of Quartet West then you had better buy this album. If you like Jazz or simply have ears then this is the best Quartet album to date. So often I find ‘best ofs’ albums leaving much to be desired. This is not the case. Here is some of Haden’s best work. All of the players on this album are virtuosos in their own right and the whole band works as tight as clockwork. Ernie Watts sings so beautifully on his sax it’s almost enough to tear your heart out.
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