The announcement none of us wanted to hear came early this afternoon from Tina Pelikan of ECM Records.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
Every note Charlie Haden played came from conviction. His sincerity and commitment affected every musician with whom he worked. He used the insistency and quiet power of his music to express his beliefs. He did not compromise.
The first of two pieces in remembrance of Haden is by his beloved Quartet West. The second is from one of his albums with pianist Hank Jones.
For an obituary, go here. Charlie Haden, RIP