CHARLIE HADEN/HANK JONES ‘COME SUNDAY’ & OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

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There’s something about bassist Charlie Haden’s woodsy tone that just sounds thick with history. Dark yet warm as the echoes that would fill the sort of rural chapel roughly sketched on the album’s cover, Haden’s latest outing reunites him with the late jazz piano legend Hank Jones in a collection of compact yet lushly rendered hymns and spirituals, many of which are linked with the civil rights movement.

Recorded shortly before Jones’ death in 2010 at 91 years old, Come Sunday is a sequel to the duo’s 1995 recording Steal Away, which also explored the vintage gospel and Americana close to both musicians’ hearts. Though in the past Haden has explored more avant-garde orbits with Ornette Coleman and his own Liberation Music Orchestra, both he and Jones treat these melodies with a deceptively spare reverence, allowing the songs room to breathe with their original sentiment while coloring them with a lovingly inventive elegance that takes the music somewhere new. Los Angeles Times

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