Josh Haden’s Spain follows up ‘Sargent Place’ release with six-week tour

The long-awaited November 4, 2014 release of Spain’s fifth record, Sargent Place, only served to whet the appetite of a growing legion of fans all over the world. Josh Haden is the vocalist, songwriter, bassist, and mysterious mastermind behind L.A.’s dream-pop band with the subliminal soundtracks.

 

This new album — out on Dine Alone Records (the first Spain release for the Toronto label)— was a long time coming for U.S. fans — 10 years. When it finally came, everyone was pleased, from those fans to the music critics at Rolling Stone, All Music, Blurt Magazine, Q, Uncut, WXPN. Rolling Stone, Blurt Magazine, and All Music gave the album five stars. WXPN called the album, “Seductive, moody, and touched by a hint of jazz and late night romanticism.”

 

Made with producer Gus Seyffert (Sia, Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys) in his studio on Sargent Street in Echo Park, Sargent Place also turned into a loving, if bittersweet, family affair. Haden wrote two special songs for his famous jazz bassist father, Charlie, who was ailing: “To Be A Man” and “You And I.” The two even recorded “You And I” together in the elder Haden’s home, a moment that will never fade. Charlie Haden would pass away in July, after that recording session.

 

Now, it’s time to showcase the new album and spread the subliminal around, as well as pay homage to a man Josh Haden and his sisters, the Haden Triplets, called dad. Spain embarks on a six-week tour to the East Coast and Europe, January 28-March 10, starting off in Boston’s Great Scott. Other dates include stops in New York City’s Lincoln Center, Philly’s Tin Angel, Paris, Florence, Budapest, and Berlin. This is the first time in 15 years that Spain has played shows in the East Coast. Haden will present his Spain in a spare bass-guitar-drums format.

Besides the Spain tour, Josh Haden and the Haden Triplets will join jazz musicians far and wide as they celebrate the music and the man known as Charlie Haden. The memorial celebration takes place at New York City’s Town Hall, January 13, 6 p.m., and is free for all ages. Jazz artists slated to attend and perform include NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, vocalist Geri Allen, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, guitarist Bill Frisell, and guitarist Pat Metheny. Donations are welcome, and will go to the Charlie Haden CalArts Scholarship Fund.

 

Charlie Haden’s children earlier appeared on NPR’s Jazz Night In America to pay tribute, with host Christian McBride, a Grammy-winning jazz bassist.

Carol Banks Weber