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Renowned bassist Charlie Haden Dies, aged 76

1 of 1 Charlie Haden 1937-2014
Charlie Haden 1937-2014

The much-revered bassist Charlie Haden died on Friday in Los Angeles, aged  76. His work ranged from country to world music and he collaborated with Elvis Costello, actor Jack Black, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.

Haden's wife, the singer Ruth Cameron, and his four children, were present when passed away after a prolonged illness.

Iowa-born Haden chose the double bass when he lost his voice after contracting polio as a teenager. He was nurtured musically with the Haden Family country band.

The further complication of post-polio syndrome in late 2010 put an end to his performing career. Haden's expressive and tender bass-playing featured on myriad jazz collaborations with Jarrett and Metheny, and on a wide variety of country and world music projects.

He also played dates with drummer Ginger Baker and performed at Dublin’s Vicar Street with Quartet West in 2001 as part of his busy touring career.

"I want to take people away from the ugliness and sadness around us every day and bring beautiful, deep music to as many people as I can," Haden said in 2013 shortly before receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

In 2009, he released his first country album, Rambling Boy, which featured his wife Ruth, his son Josh, his triplet daughters, Rachel, Petra and Tanya, and his son-in-law, the actor Jack Black. Elvis Costello, Vince Gill and Rosanne Cash also guested on the celebrated record.

"My roots have never left me . . . because the very first memory I have is my mom singing and me singing with her," Haden revealed that year.

Haden won Grammy awards on three occasions, receiving a best jazz instrumental performance award for Beyond the Missouri Sky, his 1997 album with Metheny, an atmospheric yet accessible work of art.

He won Best Latin jazz album honours for Nocturne (2001) and Land of the Sun (2004) with Cuban pianist Gonazalo Rubalcaba.

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