Dec 15, · Haden gives a brief history of the foundation of Quartet West in the sleevenotes of 's 'Now is the Hour': in he moved back from New York to LA, where he met his wife-to-be, Ruth Cameron in Apparently it was her idea to recruit a band for Haden in LA. And this is the band's first recording, from /5(4).
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek [+] The great moment here, however, is in the reading of Victor Young 's "The Left Hand of God," from the album Now Is the Hour, where the quartet performs the tune nearly straight yet in front of an orchestra arranged and conducted by Broadbent. In the long lonesome tone of Watts ' saxophone, 8/
Charlie Haden's Quartet West launched the ensemble that would become his most popular grouping throughout the '80s and '90s. Haden, who had made a name for himself as an avant-garde bassist in Ornette Coleman 's band and elsewhere, including the influential Liberation Music Orchestra, returned to a bop-influenced, more mainstream sound with this grouping/
Oct 14, · Quartet West has been together since , performing in LA and then recording their first album Charlie Haden Quartet West in In addition to the legendary bassist Haden, the group consisted of Ernie Watts on tenor saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and the great Billy Higgins on drums, Charlie's rhythm section mate in the original Ornette Coleman Quartet/5(6).
Quartet West (Haden- bass / Alan Broadbent-piano/ Ernie Watts-tenor sax / Larance Marable-drums) have been around since about , and have recorded a number of albums to date all of equal beauty and scope. This group pretty much allows Charlie Haden to work with standards and create a late night feel, if you like your jazz this way.
In , Haden formed his band Quartet West at Ruth's suggestion. The original quartet consisted of Ernie Watts on sax, Alan Broadbent on piano, and long-time collaborator, Billy Higgins, on drums. Higgins was later replaced by Larance Marable. When Marable became too ill to perform, drummer Rodney Green was added to the band.
– Charlie Haden This recording marks a very important occasion for the two musicians, and is the result of three days of intensive rehearsal and recording. The venue was Cami Hall in New York, chosen for its location, acoustic properties, character and charm.