Posthumous Charlie Haden Duo Album with Brad Mehldau Now Available
Jazz great Charlie Haden passed away four years ago, but we’re fortunate enough to be able to continue enjoying his music. Besides his incredible catalog released during his life, there are new posthumous releases of previously unheard recordings. That’s the case for the new duo album of with pianist Brad Mehldau entitled Long Ago and Far Away.
The album captured the musicians back in 2011 at a live gig at the Christuskirche church in Mannheim, Germany. Though they first met in 1993 and performed in 1996, the November 2007 marked their first time playing as in a duo setting. The pianist recalls the gig as a fantastic session.
“It’s thrilling to play with someone who improvises like this. After all, this is the guy who did it first on his instrument,” Mehldau says. “Those early seminal records of the Ornette Coleman Quartet like This is Our Music or Change of the Century were not ‘free’ in the sense that they abandoned the principles of harmony. They often were free of a fixed harmonic schema, though, and Charlie was improvising the harmony, from the ground up.”
Long Ago and Far Away Track List:
- Au Privave
- My Old Flame
- What’ll I Do
- Long Ago and Far Away
- My Love and I
- Everything Happens To Me