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Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies by Charlie Haden
Released: Mar 2011
Charlie Haden is a brilliant bassist who handles everything from country-folk to the avant-garde with rare grace. With his Quartet West, Haden has combined two distinct passions: sensuous post-war bop and classic Hollywood crime films filled with tough dames and damaged men. Haden casts a stunning collection of guest vocalists in this romantic film-noir jazz adventure. String-laden instrumentals set the scene, while out of the shadows saunter the femme fatales -- Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Renee Fleming and Ruth Cameron, who plays Mrs. Haden in real life.
Nick Dedina