Denny Zeitlin and Charlie Haden: Ellen David
Time Remembers One Time Once (ECM 1239)
Recorded: Keystone Korner, San Francisco, July 1981
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
If Denny Zeitlin and Charlie Haden had played at Bradley’s, the well-remembered Greenwich Village haven for piano/bass duos, this is how they would have sounded. As is, this album memorably documents a reunion of Zeitlin and Haden for a week at San Francisco’s likewise well-remembered Keystone Korner.
“Ellen David” is Haden’s simple sixteen-bar ballad (with a coda at the end), a sort of latter-day “My Ideal”. The duo’s performance is appropriately spare, but it’s so well grounded that every beat has meaning. As the late bassist Red Mitchell aptly put it, “Simple isn’t easy.”
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner