Originally released as two individual Naim titles in 1994, Charlie Haden’s Private Collection Vol 1 & 2 were limited to 2,200 copies each and sold through Naim’s UK Hi-Fi retailers. Re-released in celebration of Haden’s 70th birthday, the release also marks Naim repertoire spanning 20 years of Haden’s career, with material that has never been available for the mass market.
The material, fused together in this superb double digipack, designed by Singaporean artist Yuki Chong, now appears re-mastered courtesy of life-long friend Ken Christianson, who produced the original True Stereo recordings of both concerts.
The first disc is an intimate and private concert from Haden’s 50th birthday party (1987), in which an astounding line-up of Haden (bass), Ernie Watts (sax), Alan Broadbent (piano) and Billy Higgins (drums), perform a range of classics by Metheny, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and more.
The second is a magical Missouri homecoming show (1988), with an indomitable line-up featuring two members of Haden’s Quartet West (Broadbent & Watts) and old friend Paul Motian.