Newport News – a guest post

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Newport News A guest post by LJC reader Clive D, writing as Vinylla So, LJC has been soliciting yet again … for vinyl acquisition stories…. One afternoon, relaxing with my usual Ximenes (Ed: I think Ximenes refers to a cryptic crossword … Continue reading

Shoot Out 2: US Impulse v. UK HMV – Mingus Five (1963)

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It is an article of faith with LJC that,apart from the odd exception, original is best. However it is a counsel of perfection to say to collectors, go get ’em. Originals of desirable titles are not often encountered in the wild, and when … Continue reading

Charles Mingus: Newport Rebels (1960) Candid

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Selection: Mysterious Blues (Candid original press 1960) Comparethepressings (only at LJC!) Meet MC VeeGee, our guest audiophile in charge of searching out and comparing pressings at LJC. Test today: The Complete Candid Recordings of Charles Mingus Mosaic Box Set Limited Edition reissue  numbered 3,363 … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Mingus Dynasty (1959) Columbia

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Selection 1: Song with Orange Selection 2: Mood Indigo (Ellington) Mingus dons the Ellington mantle, and carries it off with flair. Encore: (Joe L’s hot pick) : Slop  Artists Richard Williams, Don Ellis(t) Jimmy Knepper (trb) Jerome Richardson (fl, bars) John Handy (as) … Continue reading

Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) Atlantic

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Selection: Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus) Note: a little light crackle in background of quiet passages According to Mingus’ liner notes (quoted by Wiki) the title song is a ten-minute four-chapter  tone poem, depicting the rise of man from his hominid roots Upright Ape-Man to … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Ah Um (1959) Columbia Six Eye

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(Images updated May 27, 2016) Track Selection: Better Git It in your Soul (Mingus) Too much to choose from, so Side One, Track One. Artists Jimmy Knepper (trb) John Handy (as, cl) Booker Ervin (ts) Curtis Porter (ts, as) Horace Parlan … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Complete Candid Recordings (1960) Mosaic

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Track Selection: Lock ‘Em Up (feat Ervin, McPherson Bley Mingus Richmond)) Artists (variously) Ted Curson, Lonnie Hillyer  Roy Eldridge (tp) Jimmy Knepper, Britt Woodman (tb)Charles McPherson Eric Dolphy (as, bcl)  Booker Ervin (ts ) Charles Mingus (b, vo) Dannie Ritchmond Jo Jones (d, vo)Tommy Flanagan … Continue reading

Mingus Jazz Portraits (Wonderland) 1959 WRC

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Track Selection 1: Nostalgia in Times Square If you like, sing along! “a woo woo, a woo woo, a diddly da, a diddly da, a diddly da a woo woo…” (reprise, change key) Track selection 2: Alice’s Wonderland Artists John Handy … Continue reading

Charles Mingus “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady” (1963)

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Track Selection: Solo Dancer: Stop! Look! And Listen, Sinner Jim Whiney! Artists Rolf Ericson, Richard Williams (tp) Quentin Jackson (tb) Don Butterfield (cbtb, tu) Jerome Richardson (fl, ss, bars) Dick Hafer (fl, ts) Charlie Mariano (as) Jaki Byard (p) Jay Berliner (g) Charles … Continue reading

Charles Mingus “East Coasting” (1957)

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Track Selection: West Coast Ghost (My thanks to Felix Strange for helping choose my first post back after Easter. I had forgotten how good this record is) 🙂 Artists Clarence Shaw (tp) Jimmy Knepper (tb) Curtis Porter (as, ts) Bill Evans … Continue reading

Charles Mingus: “Chazz!!” (1955)

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Track Selection: “Jump Monk” > Artists Charles Mingus (b) Mal Waldron (p) George Barrow (ts) Eddie Bert (trom) Willie Jones (d) Recorded 1955, I think at the same sessions as the previous Mingus Quintet with Max Roach, Bohemia NY. Music This … Continue reading

Mingus Quintet with Max Roach (1955)

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Selected track (long) I’ll remember April (13:00) > Artists Charles Mingus (b) George Barrow (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Willie Jones or Max Roach (d) Eddie Bert (tr)  Recorded live at  Bohemia, New York City, December 23rd 1955 Music Brilliant restless energetic … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Trio (1957)

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Selected Track: “Dizzy Moods” (6:40)  > Artists Charles Mingus (b) Danny Richmond (d)  Hampton Hawes (p) Recorded 1957 Music Mingus, teamed with the mercurial  brilliance of west coast pianist Hampton Hawes and stalwart Dannie Richmond.  Hawes is in sparkling  form whilst Mingus asserts himself … Continue reading

Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus (1960)

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Track selection: “Original Faubus Fables” >  (Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics) Artists Ted Curson (tp) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl) Charles Mingus (b, vo) Dannie Ritchmond (d, vo)  Recorded Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, October 20, 1960 Music Mingus’s record companies, apparently, refused to release Faubus as Mingus wanted, complete with … Continue reading

Charles Mingus The Great Concert, Paris, April 1964

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Charles Mingus “Parker-iana” (excerpt)  Artists Johnny Coles (tp -2) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl -2) Clifford Jordan (ts -2) Jaki Byard (p) Charles Mingus (b -2) Dannie Richmond (d -2) recorded “Salle Wagram”, Paris, France, April 17, 1964 Music Having … Continue reading

“Mingus at Monterey” (1964)

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Charles Mingus Ellingtonian tour de force at the 7th Monterey Jazz Festival 1964. Hot on the heels of his European Tour, Mingus assembled a brass-heavy octet to perform selections of his spiritual father Duke Ellington (Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady and others) together with his … Continue reading

Mingus Live in Europe Vol.1 (1964) Enja

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 Track Selection Mingus in Europe soundclip on  YouTube Artists Charles Mingus Quintet, with Eric Dolphy (f,bc), Clifford Jordan (ts), Jaki Byard (p) and Dannie Richmond (d)  live at Wuppertal Townhall, Wuppertal, West Germany, 26th April 1964 Music Recorded towards the end … Continue reading

Mingus Five (1963)

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  Track Selection:  “Theme for Lester Young” (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat) tenor solo: Booker Ervin – Artists Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Don Butterfield (tu) Dick Hafer (fl, cl, ts) Jerome Richardson (fl, ss, bars) Eric Dolphy (as, … Continue reading

Bye bye “Clown”, hello “Lovebird”

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Track Selection: “Reincarnation of a Lovebird”: Artists: Jimmy Knepper (tb) Shafi Hadi (ts) Wade Legge (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d) Jean Shepherd (nar) Audio-Video Studios, NYC, February 12, 1957 and NYC, March 13, 1957 Music Originally issued in … Continue reading