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Char l i e Haden

Pa t Me t h e n y
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ac oust i c gui t ar s and al l ot her i nst r ument s
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f i rst met Pat Met heny al most 25 years ago. I n 1973, I was
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i n Mi ami , Fl ori da pl ayi ng a concert wi t h Ornet t e Col eman
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I when Pat , who woul d have been about 18 at t he t i me,
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I i nt r oduced hi msel f t o me. Ov er t he next f ew year s,
t hr oughout t he mi d- 70' s, we woul d somet i mes t al k on t he
occasi ons when we woul d pl ay concert s opposi t e each ot her
duri ng Pat ' s st ay i n Gary Burt on' s band, and mi ne wi t h Kei t h
Jarret t . l t wasn' t real l y t i l l 1980, however, when he asked me t o
pl ay on hi s al bum
" 80/ 81 "
and t he ext ensi ve t our i ng t hat
followed it, that we became the close friends that we are today.
Si nce t hen we have t oured, pl ayed and recorded t oget her i n
l ot s of di f f er ent cont ext s; f r om Or net t e Col eman t o Mi chael
Br ecker t o Abbey Li ncol n and many ot her s. When Rut h
Cameron and I were marri ed i n 1989, Pat was my
"best
man".
Rut h and I real l y f eel l i ke he i s part of our f ami l y.
Pat and I have t al ked about maki ng t hi s duet al bum f or
many years and now, f i nal l y, we' ve t aken t he t i me t o record i t .
I have al ways admi r ed Pat ' s musi cal vi si on. Hi s mel odi es,
chords and voi ci ng are uni que unt o hi m. He i s an i nnovat or i n
t he sound he get s, as he i s i n hi s composi ng and i mprovi si ng.
He has a r ar e gi f t t hat enabl es hi m t o communi cat e t he
har moni es and mel odi es he hear s i n a way t hat r eaches al l
di f f er ent ki nds of l i st ener s, whi l e al ways r et ai ni ng t he ki nd of
dept h and beaut y onl y f ound i n t he best i mprovi sed musi c. Hi s 5
musi cal present at i on i s al ways beyond cat cgory, and hi s sense
of t he sound i n musi c t hat comes f rom t he f t rcl i ng of t hi s count ry
i s uncanny. Of course, he i s f rom Mi ssouri , as I am, whi ch surel y
has somet hi ng t o do wi t h i t . l cal l hi s sound,
" t ; ont ct r r por i t r y
i moressi oni st i c ameri cana".
Pat want ed t o do a compl et el y acoust i c duet al bum. My
f eel i ng was t hat t hi s woul d l i mi t t he possi bi l i t i es of what a t rue
col l aborat i on bet ween t he t wo of us coul d be, gi ven t he range
of musi c t hat we are bot h i nt erest ed and i nvol ved i n. I want ed
t o do somet hi ng t hat woul d obvi ousl y i ncl ude st rai ght duet s, but
woul d al so i ncl ude t he more expansi ve use of modern musi cal
i nst r ument s and t he r ecor di ng s t udi o i t s el f , whi ch I hav e
admi red as a t rademark of Pat ' s own records f or many years.
I have been savi ng songs f or t hi s recordi ng f or some t i me now'
Some ar e songs t hat woul d obvi ousl y f unct i on wel l as duet s,
but some are songs where I coul d i magi ne an al most orchest ral
approach, usi ng t he vari ous addi t i onal gui t ars and synt hs t hat
Pat has managed t o i ncorporat e so nat ural l y and organi cal l y
i nt o hi s sound.
I n t he end, l t hi nk we hav e c ome up wi t h an i nt er est i ng
hybri d. We recorded al l of t hi s musi c as a st rai ght duo' t hen' on
about hal f t he t unes, used t he mat eri al t hat was suggest ed i n
t he duet s t hems el v es as s t ar t i ng poi nt s f or s ome s ubt l e
addi t i onal or chest r at i ons t o f i l l t he t unes out ; somet i mes a
si ngl e ext ra acoust i c gui t ar, somet i mes more i nvol ved syncl avi er
orchest rat i on, but al ways i n t he servi ce of , and deri ved f rom,
what we act ual l y pl ayed.
Our cr i t er i a f or choosi ng s ongs wer e s i mpl y t o f i nd
beaut i f ul mel odi es and chords t hat i nspi red us. At t he begi nni ng
of t he proj ect , I sent Pat a casset t e of f our songs I had been
t hi nki ng about f or t hi s record t o i nspi re hi m and t o gi ve hi m an
i dea about what ki nd of record I want ed t o make. He cal l ed me
back right away to say that he loved all of the songs, and in fact,
we went on to record them all. They were :
"The
Precious Jewel' l
a song made f amous by t he Del more Brot hers, a group whose
harmony has i nf l uenced al l of count ry musi c f rom t he 30' s t o t he
present and whose musi c has had an enormous i nf l uence on my
l i f e;
"The
Moon l s a Harsh Mi st ress", a Ji m Webb song t hat
Joe Cocker pl ayed f or me many years ago; a Jo St af f ord/ Paul
West on versi on of
"He' s
Gone Away", an ol d f ol k song t hat my
mot her used t o si ng on our Haden f ami l y radi o show i n t he 40' s
under t he t i t l e
"The
Rai l road Man"; and t he mai n t heme f rom t he
f i l m
"Ci nema
Paradi so" by Enni o Morri cone. I al so had t wo of
my ori gi nal composi t i ons,
"Our
Spani sh Love Song" and
"Fi rst
Song" i n mi nd, and a brand new pi ece, whi ch l al so composed
especi al l y f or t hi s al bum, t hat I dedi cat ed t o my wi f e, cal l ed
" Wal t z
f or Rut h" . Pat and I bot h l i ked one of my son Josh' s
songs cal l ed
" Spi r i t ual " ,
whi ch he r ecor dcd wt t l t l t t : ; r ; t . t t 1r
Spai n on t hei r al bum
" The
Bl ue Moods ol Spi t r r r " , t i o l l t ; t l w. t : .
nat ur al l y i ncl uded. Pat cont r i but ed t wo of hi s t : ot t t por t t l t t t r t ' t '
" Mess age
t o a Fr i end" ( whi ch he says was wr i t t ot r wl r r l .
t hi nki ng about me) and a brand new composi t i on wri t t ct t
l t t sl
l or
t hi s proj ect
"Tears
of Rai n", wi t h i t marki ng t he f i rst t i mo hc l t i r: i
recorded wi t h hi s new acoust i c si t ar/ gui t ar. Pat al so suggest od
Henry Manci ni ' s great composi t i on
"Two
f or t he Road", and t ho
"Love
Theme" f rom
"Ci nema
Paradi so" wri t t en by Morri cone' s
son, Andr ea Mor r i cone. Maki ng t he al bum compl et e i s
" The
Moon Song", a new Johnny Mandel song t hat has never been
recorded unt i l now.
I real l y want t o t hank Pat Met heny f or al l t he hard work
and dedi cat i on he put i nt o maki ng t hi s musi c ver y speci al and
beaut i f ul . I al so want t o t hank my wi f e Rut h f or al l of her creat i ve
i nspi r at i on, i nsi ght , and f eedback t hr oughout , Jean- Phi l i ppe
Al l ard f or bel i evi ng i n my musi c, my son Josh f or hi s great song,
and my daughters Rachel, Petra and Tanya for their great ears'
I hope everyone enj oys l i st eni ng t o t hi s musi c as much as
I enj oyed maki ng i t . l t was a l abor of l ove.
Charl i e Haden
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The Moon l s a Har sh Mi st r ess
words and musi c by Ji m Webb
coudesy of Dramatis Music Corp. BMI
See her how she f l i es ,
Gol den sai l s acr oss t he sky,
Cl ose enough t o t ouc h,
But car ef ul i f you t r y,
The moon, she l ooks as war m as gol d,
The moon' s a har sh mi st r ess,
The moon can be so col d.
Once t he sun di d shi ne,
Lor d, i t f el t so f i ne,
The moon a phant om r ose,
Thr u t he mount ai ns and t he pi nes ,
And t hen t he dar k ness f el l ,
The moon' s a har d mi st r ess,
I t ' s har d t o l ove her wel l .
The Pr eci ous Jewel
words and music by Roy Acuff
coufresy of Acufl Ross lvusic Inc. BMI
Way bac k i n t he hi l l s when a boy l onc e wonder ed
Bur i ed deep i n t he gr ave l i es t he one t hat I r ove.
She was cal l ed f r om t hi s ear t h a j ewel f or heaven
Mor e pr ec i ous t han di amonds mor e pr ec i ous t han gol d
A j ewel her e on ear t h a j ewel i n heaven
She' l l br i ght en t he k i ngdom ar ound Gods gr eat t hr one.
May t he angel s have peace God bl ess her i n neaven
They' ve br oken my hear t and t hey' ve l ef t me t o r oam.
When a gi r l of si xt een we cour t ed each ot her
She pr omi sed some day t o become my sweet wi f e,
I bought her t he r i ng t o wear on her f i nger ,
But t he angel s t hey c al l ed her t o heav en one ni ght .
Thi s wor l d has i t s weal t h i t s t r i al s and t r oubl es
Mot her ear t h hol ds her t r eas ur es of di amonds and gol d,
But i t c an' t hol d t he s oul of one pr ec i ous j ewel
She' s r es t i ng i n peac e whi t h t he heav enl y f ol d.
He' s Gone Away
tradi ti onal
He' s gone away
For t o st ay a l i t t l e whi l e,
But he' s comi ng back
l f he goes I 0, 000 mi l es.
Oh who wi l l t l e my shoe
And who wi l l gl ove my hand
And who wi l l ki ss
My r uby l i ps when he i s gone.
Look Away, Look Away,
Over Yonder .
He' s gone away f or t o st ay
A l i t t l e whi l e,
But he' s comi ng back i f he
Goes l 0, 000 mi l es.
And i t s papa who t i es my shoe
And mama who gl oves my band
And you wi l l ki ss my r uby l i ps
When he i s gone.
Look Away, Look Away.
Over Yonder . t z t . J
Spi r i t ual
words and musi c by Josh Haden
coud6sy ol Angl Heud6bise BMI
Jesus, I don' t want t o di e al one
Jesus, oh Jesus, I don' t want t o di e al one
My l ove wasn' t t r ue
Now al l I have i s you
Jesus, oh Jesus, I don' t want t o di e al one
Jesus, i f you hear my l ast br eat h
Don' t l eave me her e
Lef t t o di e a l onel y deat h
I know I have si nned
But Lor d I ' m suf f er i ng
Jesus, oh Jesus, i f you hear
My l ast br eat h.
Al l my t r oubl es
Al l my pai n
Wi l l l eave me
Once agai n
Once agai n
Produced by Charl i e Haden & Pat Met heny.
Execut i ve producers: Jean-Phi l i ppe Al l ard and Dani el Ri chard
Recor ded and mi xed at Ri ght Tr ack St udi o, N. Y. C, 1996.
Rec or di ng and mi x i ng engi neer : J . Newl and
Assi st ant engi neer : Joe Li zzi
Mastered at Sterl i ng Sound on November 6, 1 996.
l Vast er i ng e^gi neer : Ted Jensen
Addi t i onal r ecor di ng at Cl i nt on Recor di ng St udi os on Apr i l 1 5, I 996
Recor di ng eng neer J. Newl and
Ass st ant r ecor dr ng engi neer : Br ook Sout h
Gu t ar t echni ci anr Car ol yn Chr zan
Di gi t al t ransf ers and t echni cal assi st ancer Davi d Oakes
Pr oduct i on assi st ant : Rut h Camer on
Pr oducl i on coor di nat or i n Par i s: Far i da Bachi r
Pr oduct manager : Pat r i ck Vot an
Phot ogr aphy sessi on:
Count r ysi de phot ogr aphy
Lat i f a Azhar and Janush Kawa
Tom Di et r i ch/ Fot ogr am- St one
Desi gn: CB Gr aphr c
Ar t di r ect or : Pat r i ce Beausj our 1 4
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Pai l Vet heny appears court esy of Gef f en Records, i nc