Charlie Haden: Ida Lupino
Charlie Haden (bass)
The Montreal Tapes with Paul Bley and Paul Motian (Polygram 523259)
Recorded: live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, July 7, 1989
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
The 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival honored the career of bassist Charlie Haden by inviting him to lead a different group on each of the festival's eight nights. Drummer Paul Motian joined Haden for four of the eight performances, including the reunion of the Liberation Music Orchestra to conclude the festival, as well as trio performances with Geri Allen, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Paul Bley. While Haden, Motian and Bley had all crossed paths frequently in various groups throughout each of their storied careers, the opportunity to perform as a trio was a rare one. Each of these musicians' similar styles of giving, introspective minimalism makes for a tremendous example of sympathetic, melodic free jazz. "Ida Lupino," a Carla Bley composition that is a common "call" from Bley and Haden, is the highlight of highlights from this tribute set.
Reviewer: Eric Novod