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Mingus in Europe
In 1964 bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus had the best band in his career, which included Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Jaki Byard, and Dannie Richmond. A sensational live performance in Germany, released courtesy of the C... more »
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In 1964 bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus had the best band in his career, which included Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Jaki Byard, and Dannie Richmond. A sensational live performance in Germany, released courtesy of the Charles Mingus estate.
I was in the audience in Wuppertal Elberfeldt for this
firstname.lastname@example.org | Prince Edward Island Canada | 03/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This concert changed my life. It was because of this concert that I became a serious jazz musician. One thing though. The list of personel for this recording is wrong or at least incomplete. Johnny Coles was on trumpet, and in fact Clifford Jordon did not make the date which was in the afternoon. The place was so full that there wasn't anyplace to sit. People were standing. Also as an encore Mingus and Dolphy played 'What Love' The audience, including myself were openly crying with the emotion they created. At the end there was very little applause because people were just knocked out. They were quietly talking amongst themselves. The emotion was just unreal. In all the jazz experience I have had since, which includes working for Duke. Nothing comes close. All I can do is to try to recreate the emotion in my gigs. Talk about 'Better get hit in your soul.'
Of all the jazz records ever produced including Trane or Miles. Then this has to be one of the best three ever recorded. Sheer magic. listen to it.
Classic mingus-dolphy collaboration
gratefulshrink | NY USA | 07/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The other review here refers to Vol 2. of this live material (and is also listed under that title). I'm sure that reviewer would sing equally high praises for the material on this disc. The jams on this are a bit more extended, giving Dolphy more time to stretch out. Highly recommended for anybody wishing to explore Dolphy, or fill out their Mingus collection."
N. Dorward | Toronto, ON Canada | 04/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two albums from this concert from Wuppertal, Germany, have been released; this is vol. 2, though it doesn't actually say that on the cover. Johnny Coles is absent due to illness, but the core band sounds just fine--Eric Dolphy on alto and bass clarinet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard on piano, & Mingus & Dannie Richmond motoring things along as usual. The basic material is all in the avant-blues mode that Mingus made his own, by turns lyrical and sardonic--"Orange Was the Colour of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk", "Peggy's Blue Sky Light", "So Long Eric", all pieces subject to Mingus's inimitable methods of variation, creating lengthy, complex structures on the stand. (It's worth comparing this procedure to Anthony Braxton's classic quartet discs of the 1980s--the idea's quite similar, though Braxton uses far more notated material of course.) In the middle of the album come two brief interludes--Byard's stride-piano feature & Mingus's rendition of "Sophisticated Lady"--which are both very good, but the meat of the album is in those three long tracks. Sound is very good on the first four tracks of the album; "So Long Eric" was originally excluded from the disc, probably because of some sonic problems (a lot of chatter caught by the mike, & a few other oddities, like the faint whistling during the statement of the head) but these are minor flaws--it's well worth hearing. These are some of Dolphy's last recorded statements with Mingus, & some of his best."