Seminal work from Charlie Haden
– five albums recorded for the Black Saint/
Soul Note label in the late 70s and 1980s – together representing some of Haden
's most ambitious musical moments of the time! The first two records in the set – Old & New Dreams (1977) and Tribute To Blackwell (1987) –feature the excellent Old & New Dreams group – a very Ornette Coleman-styled ensemble with Dewey Redman on tenor, Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Haden
on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums – all alumni of Coleman's group in past years, working here in very sharp-edged, angular modes that reflect that great legacy! Etudes (1988) is a wonderful trio set with Geri Allen on piano and Paul Motian on drums – very set free, rhythmically, and a record that almost points the way towards some of Haden
's best musical growth in the 90s. Silence (1989) features a surprising late appearance by Chet Baker – in a group that also features Enrico Pieranunzi on piano and Billy Higgins on drums. Last up is First Song (1990), a trio date with Pieranunzi and Higgins, done with a sound that still has plenty of modern edges, but in a way that's quite different than the trio set of just two years before. All albums lovingly remastered, and packaged in a special box!
(Please note that outer box has some wear on the spine.)