Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies

by Charlie Haden Quartet West



Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Charlie Haden's Quartet West has been championed as one of jazz's most compelling bands. With Sophisticated Ladies, bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden brings to light lesser-known tunes delivered with refined improvisations that are equel parts romantic, classy, elegant, and alluring.

The core group of Haden (bass), Alan Broadbent (piano), Ernie Watts (tenor sax), and Rodney Green (drums) are joined by an impressive cast of collaborators on this album: six of contemporary music's top-tier vocalists, including Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renée Fleming, and Ruth Cameron.

"I was close friends with all the great singers, most of whom have passed on, including most recently Shirley Horn and Abbey Lincoln," says Haden, who co-produced the album with his wife Ruth Cameron. "Ruth suggested that it would be fun to do a Quartet West project with modern-day singers whom we know and admire. So I started calling them up and asking them if they'd like to sing on this project."

All the singers singed on immediately. Diana Krall, for example, told Haden that it had been her dream to perform with him. Renée Fleming, too, was eager to participate, as were Jones, Gardot, and Wilson. Haden didn't give any advice on how to sing the songs. "I didn't say anythng to the singers," he says. "I just wanted them to be inspired."

While the spotlight is on the ladies present, Haden balances the album with Quartet West's instrumental brilliance on the other half of the album. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Emarcy
UPC: 0602527508160
catalogNumber: 001534702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Haden Quartet West   Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Ruth Cameron   Vocals
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Renée Fleming   Vocals
Jerry Grossman   Cello
Charlie Haden   Double Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Maria Newman   Violin
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Ellen Westerman   Cello
Diana Krall   Vocals
Susan Chatman   Violin
Adriana Zoppo   Violin
Rodney Green   Drums
Robert Berg   Viola
Margot Aldcroft   Viola
Elizabeth Wright   Cello
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Timothy Loo   Cello
Norah Jones   Vocals
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Katherine Fong   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Todd Low   Viola
Karen Elaine   Viola
Melody Gardot   Vocals
Yuiko Kamakari   Violin
Dov Scheindlin   Viola
Tone   Violin
Kevin Kumar   Violin
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin
Suzanna Giordano   Viola
Narciso Figueroa   Violin
Vincent Lionti   Viola
Marcy Vaj   Violin,Concert Master
Laura Mcginniss   Violin
Ruth Brugger-Johnson   Violin

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Hank Jones   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Ruth Cameron   Producer,Liner Notes
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Charlie Haden   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Benny Harris   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Margaret Wooten   Principal
Victor Young   Composer
Rick Starr   Song Research
Stanley Wilson   Composer
Patrice Beausejour   Cover Design
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Steve Richards   Principal
Karen Elaine   Principal
Marcy Vaj   String Contractor
Vince Caro   Engineer
Jean-Phillipe Allard   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Steve Khun   Composer

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