Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album.
Bassist Charlie Haden's 2002 CD of boleros, "Nocturne," won the Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album. It was a disc of balladic love songs from Cuba and Mexico. He follows that with "Land of the Sun," a fine collection of songs by three Mexican songwriters, primarily José Sabre Marroquin, whose daughter gave Haden a portfolio of his tunes, rarely heard north of the border. Haden and arranger/ pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba imaginatively renders these beauties with care and creativity in a serene setting with a superb supporting cast that includes trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and saxophonists Miguel Zenón and Joe Lovano. Those who criticize Haden for making "sleepy jazz" in recent years fail to comprehend his commitment to the beauty of melody. That is fully revealed here on such lyrical Marroquin jewels as "Añoranza" and "Canción a Paola," as well as on Agustin Lara's "Solamente Una Vez," a song that Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley recorded as "You Belong to My Heart."—DO