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Charlie Haden Family & Friends

Nov. 17, 2009; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Calif.

The Haden family (clockwise from top): Josh Haden, Ruth Cameron Haden, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden Black, Charlie Haden, Rachel Haden
Charlie Haden

For anyone unfamiliar with the rambling back story of jazz bass great Charlie Haden, it might have seemed that his most recent musical adventure, a full-fledged swan dive into country, old-timey and bluegrass music, was off his beaten path. Of course, that assumption is far from the case, as Haden’s earliest musical experiences in Iowa were with his family’s popular country radio show seven decades back.

Finally, after venturing into many other musical areas and attitudes, from Latin-American music to the loaded repertoire of the Liberation Music Orchestra, his film noir-ish Quartet West and myriad other projects, Haden literally went to Nashville to get reacquainted with his pre-jazz roots. Ironically or not, the resulting album, Rambling Boy (Decca), outsold all of his jazz projects to date. But that’s another story, something perhaps to do with jazz-phobia in America.

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