Dream Keeper

Dream Keeper is a jazz album by bassist Charlie Haden that was recorded in 1990 and released by Blue Note Records. The album was nominated for a Grammy award and was voted "Jazz album of the year" in Down Beat magazine's 1991 critic's poll. Haden, Carla Bley and Ray Anderson also placed first in that year's Acoustic Bass, Composer and Trombone poll categories, respectively.

Dream Keeper
Studio album by
Charlie Haden
RecordedApril 4–5, 1990
StudioClinton Studios, New York City
LabelBlue Note
ProducerHans Wendl
Charlie Haden chronology
Dream Keeper
Steal Away
Liberation Music Orchestra chronology
The Montreal Tapes: Liberation Music Orchestra
Dream Keeper
Not in Our Name
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]

This album is the first by Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra since The Ballad of the Fallen (1983).

Track listing

1. "Dream Keeper" (Bley, Langston Hughes, Traditional) 16:51
"Dream Keeper Part 1" (Bley)
"Feliciano Ama" (trad. from El Salvador)
"Dream Keeper Part II" (Bley)
"Canto del Pilon (I)" (trad. from Venezuela)
"Dream Keeper Part III" (Bley)
"Canto del Pilon (II)" (trad. from Venezuela)
"Hymn of the Anarchist Women's Movement" (trad. from Spanish Civil War)
"Dream Keeper Part IV" (Bley)
2. "Rabo de Nube" (Silvio Rodríguez) 5:23
3. "Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika" (Enoch Sontonga) 10:31
4. "Sandino" (Haden) 6:39
5. "Spiritual" (Haden) 8:59



  • 1991 Down Beat magazine critic's poll winner: Jazz Album of the Year, Acoustic Bass (Haden), Arranger (Bley), Trombone (Anderson) link
  • 1991 Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (LA Times link)
  • 1990 Swing Journal (Japanese jazz magazine) Bronze Disk award (Japanese link)


  1. Cook, Stephen (2011). "Dream Keeper - Charlie Haden & The Liberation Music Orchestra | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
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