Charlie Haden Quartet West – Now Is the Hour

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Now Is the Hour is an album by the American jazz bassist Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, released in 1996 on the Verve label.

“Charlie Haden and his Quartet West continue to mine the “noir jazz” genre inspired by ’40s films. Seldom does modern music so perfectly evoke a time and place in history as this terrific band. Fans of Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra will find the simple accessibility either surprising or disappointing, but fans of classic, romantic jazz will find joy.” – Tim Sheridan/AllMusic.



Charlie Haden – bass
Ernie Watts – tenor saxophone
Alan Broadbent – piano
Larance Marable – drums
String Orchestra arranged and conducted by Alan Broadbent (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 9 & 12)


Released: April 1996
Recorded: July 18–20, 1995
Length: 59:38
Label: Verve
Producer: Charlie Haden and Ruth Cameron