Charles Mingus : Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Charles Mingus : Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus


Dick Hafer (tenor sax, flute, clarinet), Jerome Richardson (baritone sax, soprano sax, flute), Booker Ervin (tenor sax), Dick Hafer (tenor sax, flute), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Charlie Mariano (alto sax), Eddie Preston, Richard Williams, Rolf Ericson (trumpet), Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson (trombone), Don Butterfield (tuba), Jaki Byard, Jay Berliner(piano), Charles Mingus (bass), Walter Perkins, Dannie Richmond (drums) 

Impulse 54

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - II B.S.
2 - I X Love
3 - Celia
4 - Mood Indigo
5 - Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul
6 - Theme for Lester Young
7 - Hora Decubitus

Recorded on January 20 and September 20, 1963

Having completed what he (and many critics) regarded as his masterwork in The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus' next sessions for Impulse found him looking back over a long and fruitful career. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus is sort of a "greatest hits revisited" record, as the bassist revamps or tinkers with some of his best-known works. The titles are altered as well -- "II B.S." is basically "Haitian Fight Song" (this is the version used in the late-'90s car commercial); "Theme for Lester Young" is "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"; "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" adds a new ending, but just one letter to the title; "Hora Decubitus" is a growling overhaul of "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too"; and "I X Love" modifies "Nouroog," which was part of "Open Letter to Duke." There's also a cover of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," leaving just one new composition, "Celia." Which naturally leads to the question: With the ostensible shortage of ideas, what exactly makes this a significant Mingus effort? The answer is that the 11-piece bands assembled here (slightly different for the two separate recording sessions) are among Mingus' finest, featuring some of the key personnel (Eric Dolphy, pianist Jaki Byard) that would make up the legendary quintet/sextet with which Mingus toured Europe in 1964. And they simply burn, blasting through versions that equal and often surpass the originals -- which is, of course, no small feat. This was Mingus' last major statement for quite some time, and aside from a solo piano album and a series of live recordings from the 1964 tour, also his last album until 1970. It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.

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