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Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition) [2021 Remaster] (Live)

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Fascinating snapshots of musical evolution, live jazz albums capture improvisation as it happens. Famed as a "battle of the saxes," this set by the inimitable composer/bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus and his working sextet was originally released as a single disc, containing only the two long jams on the Duke Ellington standards, "Perdido" and "C Jam Blues" that closed the show. The reasons why the opening four tracks of that January 19, 1974 concert—"Peggy's Blue Skylight," "Celia" "Fables of Faubus" and "Big Alice"—were left unreleased until now remain unknown. Most likely it was the fear that a double LP would never sell. (But one with a pair of 20-minute tracks would?) The four songs (and spoken introduction) that were the first half of the concert have now been restored and are a welcome addition to the Mingus canon. Always a magnet for great talent because of his prolific composing and expansive artistic vision, the bassist here leads his spry working sextet of Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor saxophone), Jon Faddis (trumpet), Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone) and Dannie Richmond (drums). Those robust instrumental voices are reinforced in the two Ellington numbers by Charles McPherson (alto saxophone), John Handy (alto & tenor saxophone) and the ever-amazing Rahsaan Roland Kirk (on tenor saxophone and a straight alto sax he called stritch). Despite the age of the original tapes, the ringing, uncomplicated sound here makes Carnegie Hall's famous acoustics vividly audible. As live recordings go, the uncredited mix engineer did a fabulous job of balancing all the horns while never allowing Pullen's piano nor Mingus' bass to slide entirely into the background. The new remastering has brought out a brighter, more dynamic sonic image. The Mingus compositions heard in the first half are all classic examples of his swing and bebop-influenced devotion to melody counterbalanced by a rhythmic vitality that's unique in jazz. In opener "Peggy's Blue Skylight," each member glides through their solos with great elan. In "Celia" a tune named for the bassist's wife at the time, cacophony unravels into bravura passages with an expansive big band feel. Pianist Pullen is the star of "Fables of Faubus." Closing what was the original first set, Pullen's "Big Alice" is a funky, joyous, almost Second Line romp with Adams, Bluiett and Faddis all chipping in raucous solos. The much-ballyhooed sax fray on the pair of Ellington standards is a Fourth of July explosion of horn madness, playful and serious, squonking and legato, highlighted again by marvelous energetic solos by Kirk that at one point sound like an oncoming locomotive. Still not as essential as many of his studio albums, the story of this concert is now at least rightly told from the beginning instead of the end. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Introduction (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:03:11

Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Composer, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

2
Peggy's Blue Skylight (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:11:54

Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Composer, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
Celia (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:22:54

Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Composer, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
Fables Of Faubus (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:20:51

Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Composer, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

DISC 2

1
Big Alice (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:18:39

Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Composer, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

2
Perdido (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:22:32

Duke Ellington, Composer - Drake, Composer - Tizol, Composer - Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - LENGFELDER, Composer - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
C Jam Blues (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, January 19, 1974) (2021 Remaster)
00:24:41

Duke Ellington, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Joel Dorn, Producer - Jon Faddis, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, ExecutiveProducer - Charles Mingus, Upright Bass, MainArtist - Ilhan Mimaroglu, Producer - George Adams, Tenor Saxophone - Dannie Richmond, Drums - Don Pullen, Piano - Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone - Sam Feldman, Masterer - Matt Block, ReissueProducer - Aaron J. Baron, RecordingEngineer

Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company., © 2021 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Album Description

Fascinating snapshots of musical evolution, live jazz albums capture improvisation as it happens. Famed as a "battle of the saxes," this set by the inimitable composer/bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus and his working sextet was originally released as a single disc, containing only the two long jams on the Duke Ellington standards, "Perdido" and "C Jam Blues" that closed the show. The reasons why the opening four tracks of that January 19, 1974 concert—"Peggy's Blue Skylight," "Celia" "Fables of Faubus" and "Big Alice"—were left unreleased until now remain unknown. Most likely it was the fear that a double LP would never sell. (But one with a pair of 20-minute tracks would?) The four songs (and spoken introduction) that were the first half of the concert have now been restored and are a welcome addition to the Mingus canon. Always a magnet for great talent because of his prolific composing and expansive artistic vision, the bassist here leads his spry working sextet of Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor saxophone), Jon Faddis (trumpet), Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone) and Dannie Richmond (drums). Those robust instrumental voices are reinforced in the two Ellington numbers by Charles McPherson (alto saxophone), John Handy (alto & tenor saxophone) and the ever-amazing Rahsaan Roland Kirk (on tenor saxophone and a straight alto sax he called stritch). Despite the age of the original tapes, the ringing, uncomplicated sound here makes Carnegie Hall's famous acoustics vividly audible. As live recordings go, the uncredited mix engineer did a fabulous job of balancing all the horns while never allowing Pullen's piano nor Mingus' bass to slide entirely into the background. The new remastering has brought out a brighter, more dynamic sonic image. The Mingus compositions heard in the first half are all classic examples of his swing and bebop-influenced devotion to melody counterbalanced by a rhythmic vitality that's unique in jazz. In opener "Peggy's Blue Skylight," each member glides through their solos with great elan. In "Celia" a tune named for the bassist's wife at the time, cacophony unravels into bravura passages with an expansive big band feel. Pianist Pullen is the star of "Fables of Faubus." Closing what was the original first set, Pullen's "Big Alice" is a funky, joyous, almost Second Line romp with Adams, Bluiett and Faddis all chipping in raucous solos. The much-ballyhooed sax fray on the pair of Ellington standards is a Fourth of July explosion of horn madness, playful and serious, squonking and legato, highlighted again by marvelous energetic solos by Kirk that at one point sound like an oncoming locomotive. Still not as essential as many of his studio albums, the story of this concert is now at least rightly told from the beginning instead of the end. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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