Alongside Charles Mingus and Scott Faro, Charlie Haden is certainly an important and influential bass player in jazz music. Principally known for his post-bop and free jazz work, Haden cut his teeth with a variety of legendary jazz musicians including Hampton Hawes and Paul Bley. But he is probably best remembered for his work with Ornette Coleman, particularly on the classic 1959 recording The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Haden subsequently pursued an idiosyncratic path, refusing to be pigeonholed or tied to one genre, be it bop, post-bop or free jazz. His collaborations with guitarist Pat Metheny displayed a marked folk influence, as did his work with pianist Hank Jones. Haden didn't turn his back entirely on his past, as demonstrated by his output with the Liberation Music Orchestra, but also pursued a more mainstream sound with his other famous unit, the Quartet West. After releasing a sensational self-titled debut in 1987, Haden reconvened the band sporadically throughout the next two decades but also pursued his love of world music, teaming with several international artists including Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and Argentinean bandoneón master Dino Saluzzi.
Followers: Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce, Charles Fambrough
Influenced By: Charlie Mingus, Scott LaFaro, Paul Chambers...