Mingus at Antibes

Mingus at Antibes

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus

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Overview

In 1960, having just made some of his greatest albums, Charles Mingus -- bristling with creativity and intrigued by Ornette Coleman's innovations -- formed an incendiary band to achieve the blues-drenched holy rollerisms of his new compositions while heading into the free-jazz stratosphere. Along with saxophonist Booker Ervin and drummer Dannie Richmond, Mingus was showcasing a Coleman Quartet-ish pair of newcomers: saxophonist Eric Dolphy and trumpeter Ted Curson. In the great Dolphy, Mingus found a soul mate, a man to challenge and inspire him. Mingus sounds different when he's playing behind Dolphy -- you can hear his spirits lift; and Dolphy responds accordingly. This set, first released in 1976, captures the high-wire tension of a Mingus band on a great night -- he exhorts his players with thick bass lines, occasional piano splashes, and verbal shouts, and they rise to the occasion with wit and dynamism. A bonus is the moving appearance by pianist Bud Powell, sitting in on "I'll Remember April."

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Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679053220
catalogNumber: 90532
Rank: 52411

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