Charlie Haden passed away this week. Hearing the news stopped me in my tracks. I didn't know him, but I loved his music. I was in my office, so I immediately found some of my favorite recordings by him on YouTube. (One of them is the second video below.) The moment was sad, but the music was comforting.
I spent this morning listening to the podcast of Ken Laster's tribute to Haden. It was a moving experience. The music he plays -- by Haden and by others -- is terrific, and he speaks with my friend, the harpist Brandee Younger, who knew Haden well and performed with him.
One of the compositions that Laster plays is Ravi Coltrane's version of Haden's "For Turiya," which Haden once recorded with harpist Alice Coltrane, Ravi's mother. Brandee plays harp on Ravi's recording. I love it.
Haden had a long and immensely varied career. Some of my favorite performances are his duets with pianist Hank Jones. They're especially appropriate for a Sunday morning. Here's one of the best.