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Now Is the Hour
Charlie Haden Quartet West
Now Is the Hour
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Charlie Haden Quartet West
Title: Now Is the Hour
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 4/2/1996
Release Date: 4/2/1996
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Orchestral Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731452982728, 0731452982728

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William W. (wdavidw) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 12/24/2011...
Now Is The Hour goes along side with Haden and his Quartet West efforts as a trip down memory lane to the 40's era (as that cover implies). If you enjoy that type music you may want to try one of his CDs. I prefer his first two releases over Now Is The Hour, but I've only spun it a few times in comparison, so I haven't really heard it enough for an adequate review. Good music though.

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Consumate Musicianship
Deano Cox ( | Los Angeles | 06/27/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Emap review above undersells this album, which is a continuation of Quartet West's succession of discs which seamlessly blend historic compositions with timeless-sounding originals. Unlike the previous two albums, "Haunted Heart" and "Always Say Goodbye", there are no remastered vintage recordings woven in; instead, strings are added to make this venture lusher and more nostalgic. Together, the three recordings are the jazz jewel of my 800+ CD collection. I have seen Quartet West perform live several times here in L.A. in both large and intimate settings, and heard this entire album performed with strings at the beautifully-small Ford Amphitheater for the most memorable concert evening in recent years. The individual musicianship of Haden, Watts, Broadbent, and Marable is amazing in its scope and emotion. There isn't a better, tighter combo working today."
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DXR | San Francisco Bay Area | 04/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I started getting to know the 1940's romanticist themes of Haden (Broadbent, Watts et al) when I bought "The Art of The Song", their most recent outing. It quickly became one of my favorites. It is impeccably produced along every dimension, so my first couple of listens to "Now Is The Hour" left me indifferent; it seemed comparatively dull at first, with some of the tracks sounding funeral. The recording's sound is not as luminescent as "Art" and it is vocal-less. Still, it offers a nice range of musical motifs and captures some top rate musicianship. The set meanders in tone and manner much like a film score, and offers up some interesting twists and turns along the way. "Now Is The Hour" will resonate to some, confound, bore or annoy others - such is music. For romantics, for those whose sense of melancholy dances easily with joy and introspection, this CD is worth the price..."