Charlie Haden: He's Gone Away
He's Gone Away
Charlie Haden (bass)
Rambling Boy (Decca)
Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Russ Barenberg (guitar).
Traditional. Arranged by Pat Metheny.
Recorded: New York, Nashville & Los Angeles, January-April, 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny previously recorded this traditional Appalachian song on their 1997 duet CD Beyond the Missouri Sky. Now they revive it to good effect for Haden's country music project Rambling Boy. Haden's daughter Tanya, a cellist and spouse of comedian Jack Black, contributes an unadorned, heartfelt vocal, and pianist Bruce Hornsby sustains the mood with an austere solo. This is the jazziest track on a CD that is chock full of old-timey tunes. "He's Gone Away" is reminiscent of some of the Americana-tinged work Metheny handles so well on his own recordings. Some of my favorite CDs these days are breaking down the barriers between musical styles, and this is one of the most transgressive of the year. Heck, maybe there is room for a jazz club in Branson, Missouri, after all.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia