Of course, for me the greatest guitar player of all time (he made Rolling Stones David Fricke's #49 slot on the top 100? Hahahaha!) is John McLaughlin. Once again, ring modulator, scalloped fretboard, guitar synth, eclectic genres, prog rock, fusion, straight jazz, indian folk music, classical, spanish flamenco, experimental, noise, loud-as-hell rock, fast-as-hell playing...clean playing, with no distortion with which to hide mistakes behind. Most people call him a guitarist's guitarist, because if you don't play guitar, chances are, you've never heard of him.
One of the things The BOB and I argue about is karma. He believes that what goes around does come around whereas I don't believe in superstitious ideas. I believe there is chaos in the universe. The Laws of Thermodynamics does not apply to douchery. People can be scum their entire lives with next to no repercussions. People can do good all their lives and fall off the back of a fire truck while giving gifts to kids during Christmas.
I've been looking for this tiny thumb drive for over a month. I've ransacked both homes with no results. You'd think something this bright would be easy to spot.
Anyway, I was at the supermarket last night when I came across a gorgeous necklace pendant on the floor. A heavy sky blue stone with faint white streaks set in a silver pendant. I picked it up and waited for a few minutes to see if anyone would come back to the aisle with panic in their eyes. Nothing.
So I turned it in to the customer service desk after spending a few minutes observing the clerk to see if she appeared trustworthy.
When I got home, I opened a closet to store some bags, and guess what I found staring me in the eye?
Wonderful bassist and artist of the badass Ornette Coleman Quartet. And also the Keith Jarrett Trio, and the Music Liberation Orchestra.
Haden was playing at the Village Vanguard in the nineties with the Don Cherry Quartet. After the gig they were standing outside trying to wave down a taxi who would haul his huge upright bass (most refused). I said, my car is right here, it's a Toyota Corolla. Charlie said, "I can get it in, it's all about how you recline the seats." And he did.
I first hauled him and his bass to a fairly posh hotel in midtown. He asked where the security guards were, because he wanted to leave the bass with them. They gave us a room number. We went up to the floor and knocked on the door, and sure enough, two security guards with a fistful of cash and a roomful of fancy call-girls (I guess they were pimping them out to the guests on demand) answered.
Then we came back and we picked up Billy (Higgins) and we went out to eat. Pretty surreal driving around town with half the Ornette Coleman quartet in your car.
Over a meal of falafels, I ruefully pondered the plight of the jazz superstar. I said this to Haden: "Does it ever bother you that you have recorded over 130 albums - some milestones, and you can still walk around New York City today (of all places) and next to no one will even recognize you?"
His enthusiasm and voice reminded me of Burt Ward's Robin in the original Batman series. Several times in the night, he'd exclaim "Fantastic!" when something was told to him. But on this topic, he merely shrugged:
"If you're playing music to be noticed, you shouldn't be playing at all."
I've carried that line with me from that day onwards.
#charliehaden #ornettecoleman #jazz
"Harold's!!!!" I exclaimed without hesitation.
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