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April 27, 2011

Charlie Haden’s Quartet West Turns 25

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Charlie Haden’s band Quartet West. What started out as a simple gig in Santa Monica has developed into one of the greatest jazz groups in the past quarter century. In marking this milestone, the band has just released their seventh recording Sophisticated Ladies which includes half instrumentals from the quartet and half vocal pieces featuring some of the greatest female singers of today including Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones. But before we get into the details of the new album, we thought it was time to ask Charlie and his wife and collaborator Ruth Cameron to tell us how Quartet West came to be 25 years ago. Listen to the podcast below and if you enjoy, be sure to “like” it and tell your friends. - JV

Recommended recordings:
Quartet West
In Angel City
Haunted Heart
Always Say Goodbye
Now Is The Hour
The Art of the Song
Sophisticated Ladies

Links:
Charlie Haden

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