The Art of the Song

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The Art of the Song
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Studio album by Charlie Haden
Released July 27, 1999
Recorded February 19-22, 1999, Capitol Studio A, Hollywood
Genre Jazz, Vocal jazz
Length 65:53
Label Polygram
Producer Charlie Haden, Ruth Cameron
Charlie Haden chronology
None But the Lonely Heart
(1997)
The Art of the Song
(1999)
Nocturne
(2000)

The Art of the Song is an album by American jazz bassist Charlie Haden and his Quartet West, released in 1999. It reached number ten on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.

Quartet West was formed in 1986. Their repertoire consisted mainly of music from the 1930s and 1940s, often music associated with films of that period.

Guest vocalists Bill Henderson and Shirley Horn each perform four songs.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable) [1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]

John Sharpe in All About Jazz states "The Art Of The Song is an evocative collection of sombre ballads, immaculately performed..."[1] while Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic writes "Frankly, this sounds like the work of a weary musician."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lonely Town" (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 5:30
  2. "Why Did I Choose You" (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – 7:23
  3. "Moment Musical, Op. 16, No. 3 in B minor" (Sergei Rachmaninoff) – 5:36
  4. "In Love in Vain" (Jerome Kern, Leo Rubin) – 5:05
  5. "Ruth's Waltz" (Charlie Haden, Arthur Hamilton) – 4:14
  6. "Scenes from a Silver Screen" (Alan Broadbent) – 6:24
  7. "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right out of My Life" (Cy Coleman, Joseph A. McCarthy) – 6:15
  8. "You My Love" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Mack Gordon) – 4:24
  9. "Prelude en La Mineur" (Maurice Ravel) – 5:14
  10. "The Folks Who Live On the Hill" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 6:56
  11. "Easy on the Heart" (Haden, Hamilton) – 4:54
  12. "Theme for Charlie" (Jeri Southern) – 4:07
  13. "Wayfaring Stranger" (Traditional) – 4:23

Personnel[edit]

Charlie Haden Quartet West

Guest musicians

  • Murray Adler – violin, conductor, concertmaster, orchestra contractor
  • Bill Henderson – vocals on "Why Did I Choose You", "Ruth's Waltz", "You My Love", "Easy on the Heart"
  • Shirley Horn – vocals on "Lonely Town", "In Love in Vain", "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life", "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"

Orchestra

  • Ezra Kliger – violin
  • Gina Kronstadt – violin
  • Don Palmer – violin
  • Robert Peterson – violin
  • Kathleen Robinson – violin
  • Robert Sanov – violin
  • Harry Shirinian – violin
  • Paul Shure – violin
  • Rachel Sokolow – violin
  • Marcy Vaj – violin
  • Francine Walsh – violin
  • Tibor Zelig – violin
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin
  • Robert Brosseau – violin
  • Bobby Bruce – violin
  • Israel Baker – violin
  • Russ Cantor – violin
  • Suzanna Giordono – viola
  • Steve Gordon – viola
  • Paolo Gozzetti – viola
  • Mimi Granat – viola
  • Carol Mukagawa – viola
  • Earl Madison – cello
  • Ray Kelley – cello
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Jerry Kessler – cello
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Adrian Rosen – bass

Production notes

  • Charlie Haden – producer
  • Ruth Cameron – producer
  • Daniel Richard – executive Producer
  • Jean-Philippe Allard – executive Producer
  • Orrin Keepnews – liner notes
  • Jay Newland – engineer, mastering, mixing, mixing engineer
  • Dann Michael Thompson – engineer, mixing
  • Glen Kolotkin – mastering
  • Maureen Murphy – release coordinator
  • John Newcott – release coordinator
  • Carol Friedman – photography, Cover Photo
  • Patrice Beausejour – art direction
  • Greg Allen – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharpe, John. "The Art of the Song > Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. "The Art of the Song > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011.