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Charlie Haden dies at 76; Grammy-winning bassist pushed boundaries of jazz
Charlie Haden dies at 76; Grammy-winning bassist pushed boundaries of jazz

Charlie Haden, a Grammy-winning bassist who came to the attention of the jazz world in the 1950s with the revolutionary Ornette Coleman Quartet and pushed against the genre's boundaries for more than five decades, died Friday in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 76. His death was announced by his wife, Ruth Cameron. Described by Time magazine as "one of the most restless, gifted and intrepid players in all of jazz," Haden was a member of the pioneering quartet led by alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Haden recorded "The Shape of Jazz to Come" with Coleman in 1959. Later that year, his performance with the Coleman quartet at the Five Spot jazz club in New York City was viewed as...

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