“The music is dedicated to creating a better world; a world without war and killing, without poverty and exploitation. . . . We hope to see a new society of enlightenment and wisdom where creative thought becomes the most dominant force in all people’s lives.” —Charlie Haden
For more than four decades, Charlie Haden has been widely recognized as one of the most inventive and respected bass players, composers, and bandleaders in all of jazz. He formed the Liberation Music Orchestra in 1969 as an artistic statement against the Vietnam War, and reassembles it only at key political/historical moments—such as the 2008 presidential election. Longtime collaborator and pianist /composer Carla Bley, a member of the original group, returns with her gorgeous arrangements that mix gospel with jazz, hymns with folk tunes, and big band with civil rights anthems.