Bassist Charlie Haden made no distinction among forms, applying the same spare, intuitive approach to jazz, Iberian music, and the folk tunes his family performed when he was young. In his many years at CalArts, Haden taught a generation the value of choosing and articulating every note, a philosophy he exemplified in hundreds of recordings as a sideman, and as the leader of his own groups, such as his own Quartet West and the sprawling Liberation Music Orchestra. He is remembered strongly as an early ally of Ornette Coleman, with whom he invented new ways of hearing the bass — as a foundation, a flexible partner and a creator of improvisational space.

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