Da pochi giorni è in circolazione un nuovo album della gloriosa Liberation Music Orchestra, l'ultimo a godere almeno in alcuni brani della presenza del suo fondatore e mentore, il compianto Charlie Haden (1937-2014). Si intitola Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings e lo pubblica la Impulse!, in tempo per aprire la strada alla partecipazione dell'ensemble al London Jazz Festival il mese prossimo, con la guida e gli arrangiamenti della co-fondatrice Carla Bley.
Founded in 1969, the Orchestra was the brainchild of the late bassist and composer Charlie Haden. Its mission was – and is – to highlight issues of a political and social nature. Dream Keeper (1990), for example, was inspired by the racial and political strife in South Africa and El Salvador, and blended South American and African music, jazz, and gospel over its five tracks. As its subtitle suggests, this new release focuses on mankind’s continuing abuse of the environment, and is equally notable as the last recording Haden ever made with the Liberation Orchestra.