American Dreams (Charlie Haden album)

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American Dreams
Studio album by Charlie Haden
Released 2002
Recorded May 14–17, 2002
Genre Jazz
Label Verve
Producer Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden chronology
American Dreams
Land of the Sun

American Dreams is an album by bassist Charlie Haden featuring saxophonist Michael Brecker recorded in 2002 and released on the Verve label.[1]


The Allmusic review by David R. Adler awarded the album 2½ stars stating "This overly long quartet-plus-strings session is Charlie Haden's paean to an ideal America, made during a time that was ripe for such reflections. The band, with Haden on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor, Brad Mehldau on piano, and Brian Blade on drums, is unassailably strong. But listeners could have lived without the ear-candy sheen provided by the 34-piece orchestra".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charlie Haden except as indicated
  1. "American Dreams" - 4:52
  2. "Travels" (Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny) - 6:46
  3. "No Lonely Nights" (Keith Jarrett) - 5:18
  4. "It Might Be You" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Dave Grusin) - 4:55
  5. "Prism" (Jarrett) - 5:21
  6. "America the Beautiful" (Katharine Lee Bates, Samuel A. Ward) - 5:23
  7. "Nightfall" - 5:07
  8. "Ron's Place" (Brad Mehldau) - 7:30
  9. "Bittersweet" (Don Sebesky) - 6:46
  10. "Young and Foolish" (Albert Hague, Arnold B. Horwitt) - 5:38
  11. "Bird Food" (Ornette Coleman) - 7:31
  12. "Sotto Voce" (Vince Mendoza) - 5:12
  13. "Love Like Ours" (Bergman, Bergman Grusin) - 4:25
    • Recorded at Signet Soundelux in Los Angeles, California on May 14–17, 2002



  1. ^ Discogs album entry accessed December 7, 2011
  2. ^ a b Adler, D. R. Allmusic Review accessed December 7, 2011