Charlie Haden – Liberation Music Orchestra

Album Information:

Released in 1969 on Impulse Records

Arrangements written by Carla Bley

“The music in this album is dedicated to creating a better world; a world without war and killing, without racism, without poverty and exploitation; a world where men of all governments realize the vital importance of life and strive to protect it rather than destroy it. We hope to see a new society of enlightenment and wisdom where creative thought becomes the dominant force in all people’s lives” – Charlie Haden


Avant-garde big band playing songs from and inspired by the Spanish Civil War, mixed in with heavy doses of collective improvisation.


Perry Robinson – Clarinet

Gato Barbieri – Tenor saxophone and clarinet

Dewey Redman – Alto and tenor saxophones

Don Cherry – Cornet, Indian wood and bamboo flutes

Mike Mantler – Trumpet

Roswell Rudd – Trombone

Bob Northern – French Horn, hand wood blocks, crow call, bells, and military whistle

Howard Johnson – Tuba

Paul Motion – Percussion

Andrew Cyrille – Percussion

Sam Brown – Guitar, Tanganyikan Guitar, thumb piano

Carla Bley – Piano, Tambourine

Charlie Haden – Bass

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