Original Album Series

Original Album Series

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus

CD(Dutch Import)

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The five Charles Mingus albums included in this set represent two of his three periods with Atlantic Records. These also represent the great composer and bandleader during his most prolonged period of creativity and discovery; they helped to establish his legend. This period begins with the first album in this set, 1956's Pithecanthropus Erectus and continued relentlessly through his two Changes volumes (not included here) for Atlantic in the early '70s -- there were numerous recordings, many of them classics, in the years between his various Atlantic stays. Three of the remaining recordings on this date are also rightfully regarded as classics -- check the individual reviews of these titles: The Clown, recorded in 1957, Blues and Roots recorded in 1959, and Oh Yeah, recorded in 1962, which featured Mingus on piano and vocals on numerous tunes, and offers up some of his most memorable material. It was cut when he briefly returned to label after cutting a number of stellar albums with Columbia, Mercury, and RCA. The final album in this set, Tonight at Noon is a near classic; it's compiled from two different recording sessions, in 1957 and 1961. Despite the disparity of time, the music is absolutely top shelf. Given the price of this set, and that these are the same remasters that Warner offered up individually in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, this box is an absolute steal.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0081227976286
catalogNumber: 2797628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Vocals
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
John Handy   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Horace Parlan   Piano
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Mal Waldron   Piano
Doug Watkins   Bass
Willie Dennis   Trombone
Wade Legge   Piano
Jean Shepherd   Narrator,Improvisation
Shafi Hadi   Alto Saxophone
Willie Jones   Drums
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
J.R. Monterose   Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Porter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roland Kirk   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Manzello,Siren

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer,Liner Notes
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Phil Iehle   Engineer
Hal Lustig   Engineer
Gunther Schuller   Liner Notes
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Loring Eutemey   Cover Art
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Larry Hiller   Engineer
Julio de Diego   Cover Art

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