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Portrait of Charlie Haden by Kathy Sloane.

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Wonderful portrait of Charlie by Kathy Sloane.

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Listening Post: Jazz by Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – The Buffalo News


Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, “Tokyo Adagio.” (Impulse). Sublime – as much, in its way, as Haden’s duets with Keith Jarrett. Once upon a time before Cuba became a destination for any American with a passport who wanted to go there, frequent travel there seemed to be mostly for Canadians and American musicians. It was then in 1986 that Charlie Haden played a Cuban concert on the same day as the band of Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Haden’s story was that he was in his dressing room when Rubalcaba began to play onstage. Haden overheard Rubalcaba solo and said “who is THAT?” Rubalcaba had just come back from playing in the Soviet Union. He didn’t even speak English yet. Through a translator Haden told him “we have to play together.” And they did the next day. When Haden got back to the U.S., according to Rubalcaba’s notes here, he said to Bruce Lundvall, then at Blue Note, “you gotta sign this kid. He lives in Cuba.” And so Lundvall did. This gorgeous ballad recital was recorded live in Tokyo in 2008. Writes Haden’s widow, Ruth Cameron-Haden “Charlie often said to me and others, that he was an ‘adagio’ guy.” Listen to these adagios here – in particular a masterful version of David Raksin’s almost hidden masterwork “My Love and I” – and you know this is a jazz duet for the ages. Before his death was hastened by post-polio syndrome, Haden made it known that he wanted these tapes released. He couldn’t have been more right. They’re marvelous. ◊◊◊◊ (Jeff Simon)


Telepathic communication…

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Tokyo Adagio – Impulse

charlie-haden-and-gonzalo-rubalcaba-2015-promo-650Telepathic communication…

Published on August 19, 2015

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Tokyo Adagio – Impulse B0023543-02, 51:51 ****1/2:

(Charlie Haden – bass; Gonzalo Rubalcaba – piano)

There are certain jazz artists that are known to be ultimate accompanists. They are often either bassists or pianists. Piano players have to sublimate their egos – and many times their virtuosity – to comp behind vocalists as their role is to provide backing geared to the singer’s strengths. They “fill in the blanks” and provide a setting for the vocals. Some of the best piano accompanists were also major recording artists such as Hank Jones and Bill Evans, while Tommy Flanagan and Ellis Larkins were better known as long term pianists for Ella Fitzgerald.

For mood setting it is hard to top the role of a jazz bassist. They set the pulse for a session and their energy and “ears” make all the difference in inspiring their band mates. Ray Brown, Dave Holland, and Ron Carter all come to mind. Charlie Haden had the distinction, however, of not fitting into any niche. He played with some of the most adventurous musicians (Ornette Coleman, early Keith Jarrett, Don Cherry), while having his roots in country and western. He played some of the most exquisite solos while leading Quartet West and accompanying Hank Jones and Brad Mehldau.

Charlie was also known for championing the cause of younger musicians. He met the young Cuban pianist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (then 23), in 1986, while attending the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival. He recommended Gonzalo to Blue Note Records who signed him to a recording contract. As guest artist to the Montreal Jazz Festival, Haden recorded a duo CD  in 1989 with Rubalcaba, and they later recorded Nocturne and Land of the Sun. Before passing away in 2014, Charlie pushed for the release of recordings that he and Gonzalo made while playing a four day gig at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo in March 2005.

We are lucky that the resulting issue, Tokyo Adagio, has been releasedIts divine beauty is a testament to the admiration that the two artists had for each other. The seven tracks include Latin inspired (“En La Orilla Del Mundo,” “Solamente Una Vez”), a standard,  compositions from each artist, as well as a heartfelt blues from Ornette Coleman.

What is universal to all the tracks is a gentleness, and sense of an intuitive late night conversation between two soul mates who had not seen each other for a long time, yet can regain their connection within minutes of reuniting. Even the up-tempo numbers do not change the mood set by this duo. Thank goodness that the folks at Impulse Records saw fit to honor the wishes of Charlie Haden, to make sure his musical friendship with Gonzalo was shared with the world. For late night contemplation Tokyo Adagio can’t be beat.

TrackList: En La Orilla Del Mundo (The Edge of the World), My Love and I, When Will the Blues Leave, Sandino, Solamente Una Vez (You Belong to My Heart), Transparence

—Jeff Krow

Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Tokyo Adagio


11 August 2015





US: 7 AUG 2015


The world will never see another man like Charlie Haden. Musicians who claim with a sense of eclecticism and nuance might arrive by the score but no one could possibly play with his sense of restraint or march through time with his sense of social justice and dedication to right. Can you get a sense of one’s character by the notes he does or doesn’t play? Listening to this 2005 performance from Haden and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, you would honestly think so. His presence is understated, he is almost a ghost, who enters in those shadowy spaces where Rubalcaba’s piano figures become a wisp of fog and Haden’s lines a bright beacon. 

Perhaps those words don’t do the experience of hearing these two justice and perhaps nothing could but somehow it seems appropriate that this record should come along a year after Haden’s death as it serves as a kind of unexpected requiem and, alternately, a celebration of the man’s spirit and generosity. The story goes, of course, that Haden, never one to obey laws he deemed unjust,  and that went for adhering to the strictures of genre or expected musical roles. His sense of justice is evident here as allows his duet partner to shine brightly via a gorgeous 12-minute take on “My Love and I”, or as Rubalcaba creates the meditative, autumnal framework of the breathtaking opener, “En La Orilla Del Mundo”. 

Knowing the history of first-rate recordings these two shared—including the classic 2001 release Nocturne—it’s not hard to imagine that this Tokyo date would also yield great results. Their conversation on “When Will the Blues Leave” is often funny and just as often groundbreaking as they weave around each other, bounding and leaping through phrases at times while taking long, leisurely strolls at others. 

As fun as those playful moments are they are not competition for the more somber elements of the record and those, thankfully, prevail. You can hear the tug of those two emotions, on “Sandino”, which arrives near the midway point of the record, and you can hear the return to home in the spirited reading of “Solamente Un Vez (You Belong to Me)”, which works perfectly alongside the album closer, “Transparence”, a fitting final moment for this pair as the notes of that long-ago evening come to a close. But if it’s the solemn and somber that takes over here it’s not what the listener has to take away.

In the end, we hear the true poetry of playing between these two—and Rubalcaba is never less than stunning here—and the connection between this and the spirit world made through these six compositions.

As it all winds to a close you can’t help but turn the record over one more time in your mind, retrace your steps back to the beginning where the notes and the journey all started. It all makes you thankful that this record happened and that there were once men like Charlie Haden to walk the earth. We will all pale in comparison from here on out but at least we have memories like this from a time when this musical and spiritual giant roamed the earth.



Tokyo Adagio Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Un contrebassiste hors pair et un pianiste de génie qui improvisent ensemble dans une parfaite harmonie : un émerveillement.













Charlie Haden (1937-2014), grand contrebassiste qui conféra une vraie gravité à son instrument, se plut à multiplier les rencontres en duo. A La Havane, en 1986, il entendit le jeune pianiste Gonzalo Rubalcaba (né en 1963) et joua avec lui, emportant les cassettes pour les faire entendre à Bruce Lundvall, alors président de Blue Note. Au printemps 2005, les deux musiciens se produisirent ensemble au club Blue Note de Tokyo. Tokyo Adagio, disque de toute beauté, résulte des sessions ­japonaises. L’approche tendre et réfléchie de Rubalcaba sur des compositions aux tempos lents ou moyens, la délicatesse de son toucher, son habile jeu de pédales qui donne une magnificence orchestrale au piano appellent la contrebasse pour qu’elle contribue pleinement à la grandeur discrète d’une musique de l’âme, dépourvue de toute mièvrerie sentimentale. Qu’on écoute ce que ces deux improvisateurs font de When will the blues leave, d’Ornette Coleman, et l’on comprend la profondeur et la liberté de leur entente. Tout le disque déploie, étire un moment de pure magie où l’écoute réciproque paraît se fonder sur la com­munication totale d’inconscients fraternels. La splendeur de l’enregistrement compte pour beaucoup dans l’émerveillement. — Michel Contat

1 CD Impulse/Universal.

 Le 01/08/2015 – Mise à  jour le 27/07/2015 à  15h30

Michel Contat – Telerama n° 3420

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昨年逝去したベーシスト、チャーリー・ヘイデン(Charlie Haden)がキューバ出身の名ピアニスト、ゴンサロ・ルバルカバ(Gonzalo Rubalcaba)と行なった、2005年3月に行われた東京・南青山 BLUE NOTE TOKYOでの公演がCD化され、『トーキョー・アダージョ~ライヴ・アット・ブルーノート東京』(UCCI-1021 2,600円 + 税)として蘇りました。



チャーリー・ヘイデン & ゴンサロ・ルバルカバ

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Charlie Haden & Cuban jazz musicians (Festival Jazz de Gazteiz Vitoria, 2005)

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet Live at the Blue Note Tokyo – Tribute to Charlie Haden

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