Charlie Mingus : Pithecanthropus Erectus

Charlie Mingus : Pithecanthropus Erectus


Jackie McLean (alto sax), J.R. Monterose (tenor sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Charlie Mingus (bass), Willie Jones (drums)

Atlantic 1237

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Pithecanthropus Erectus
A2 - A Foggy Day
B1 - Profile Of Jackie
B2 - Love Chant

Recorded on January 30, 1956 at Audio-Video Studios in New York City.

The Suite "Pithecanthropus erectus" (upright ape-man) is, among other things, programme music. Having learned to walk upright, having achieved alleged superiority over animals, and having caused devastation, the destruction of mankind’s natural resources follows, leading to an eventual downfall due to "his own failure to realize the inevitable emancipation of those he sought to enslave, and his greed in attempting to stand on a false security." Charles Mingus gives his fellow mankind/musicians the widest possible freedom, which all exploit to the full, both in interplay and in the solos. Bedded down in noise and sound collages, the piece is the result of an experimental workshop. The Gershwin classic "A Foggy Day" takes on the role of intermediary between the jazz styles of the 1930s and free jazz. And in "Profile Of Jackie" and "Love Chant" the arranger calls for his soloists to go to the very limits of their artistic improvisation.

Charles Mingus was certainly not an easy person to deal with for his family, friends and fellow musicians. But that fades into the background when it comes to such outstanding music. Luckily, we outsiders can once again enjoy the music of this genius 60 years after the studio recording, in its original format.

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 Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under