RIP Charlie Haden (1937-2014)

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child: with Hank Jones on piano for the 1995 album Steal Away: Spirituals Hymns & Folk Songs on Verve.

What more is there to say?

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  1. Hey I love this Motherless Child! Came back to this tonight — it’s such a brilliant little piece. And also to say that I was glad you liked my poem “Last Day,” but I did not understand who “they” are whose blog I would like and might share with — a small lapse in message as it came to me, I should think.

    • I’m glad you liked the piece, Martha. You would probably like the entire album, which is filled with those Deep South Negro Spirituals (like Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen and I Got a Robe, You Got a Robe. It also has a medley of old time British hymns: Abide in Me, What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Just as I am Without One Plea. Almost makes me wish that there was a church for atheists.

      Haden was an enormously important bassist since the 1960s when he played in the Ornette Coleman Quartet, but free jazz really doesn’t make for a good threnody.

      You should know that I am almost finished with Children of the World, and I hope to have something to say about it soon, deo violent.

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