Charlie Haden passed away in 2014. His musical legacy lives on. After discussion between Haden’s long-time collaborator, arranger and conductor Carla Bley, and Haden’s wife, Ruth Cameron, the two decided to carry on the legacy and complete the final recording that Haden was working on as well as tour the band. “The music is powerful and beautiful and needs to be performed”,both Cameron and Bley agreed. “People need to hear this music.”
Carla Bley will conduct and Steve Swallow will play the bass chair on electric bass.The line-up for both the new recording which focuses on the environment and which will be released on Impulse next summer, and the tour, is the same group that has been touring together for several years and that also recorded “Not In Our Name”.
In 1969, under the banner of Liberation Music Orchestra (MCA/Impulse), Charlie Haden commissioned Carla Bley to arrange for a large cast of illustrious improvisers including Don Cherry and Gato Barbieri and Roswell Rudd and made a record that has become a milestone in recorded jazz.
In 1970, it won among many awards, France’s Grand Prix Charles Cros as well as Japan’s Gold Disc Award from Swing Journal. The group’s self-titled debut is a true milestone of modern music, blending experimental big band jazz with the folk songs of the Spanish Civil War to create a powerfully original work of musical and political activism. From that time on, about every ten years, Haden recorded another album with the orchestra always using Carla Bley as arranger although some of the band members changed.
In 2004 Haden recorded his last Liberation Music Orchestra album called “Not In Our Name”. It is with this cast that the
band is now performing and recording conducted by Carla Bley. Steve Swallow is playing electric bass.
Haden’s wife and manager and co-producer, Ruth Cameron, is presenting and managing the band.
CHARLIE HADEN’S LMO LINEUP
CARLA BLEY – CONDUCTOR, PIANO
STEVE SWALLOW – ELECTRIC BASS
TONY MALABY – TENOR SAX
CHRIS CHEEK – TENOR SAX
LOREN STILLMAN – ALTO SAX
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ- TRUMPET
SENECA BLACK – TRUMPET
CURTIS FOWLKES – TROMBONE
VINCENT CHANCEY – FRENCH HORN
JOSEPH DALEY- TUBA
STEVE CARDENAS – GUITAR
MATT WILSON – DRUMS