Last Friday a great jazz bassists died in Los Angeles. Charlie Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, a humble beginning for a man who played with a lot of edge. In the 1950s and 60s he was a member of Ornette Coleman’s group, touring the country playing a new avant-garde style known as free jazz. This great description of his own style comes from David A. Graham at the Atlantic.
His playing isn’t elaborately virtuosic, in the style of a Paul Chambers; and it isn’t irresistibly swinging, like Ray Brown. Like a country or blues bassist, Haden often stayed close to the root note of each chord.
Haden is able to fill a huge musical space without using a huge number of notes, [sic] his bass maintains harmony and rhythm in the absence of a full band, and [sic] he brings out the best in his partners.
That link also includes plenty of Haden’s tracks. Enjoy!