Charles Mingus - Jazz In Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden


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BBE

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Jazz

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ABBE 453
UPC: 730003145315
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No. of Discs: 5
Note: 180 Gram
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Lost tapes reveal live Mingus concert

Special deluxe 5LP box set - first time on vinyl!

Extensive liner notes, rare photographs included

Charles Mingus Quintet recorded in Detroit in 1973 at Strata Concert Gallery

"I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time." Charles Mingus

The radical discovery by Amir Abdullah of five 2-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks ­— widow of innovative Detroit drummer Roy Brooks — of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery is cause for some serious celebration.

These electrifying recordings took place during Mingus' week-long residency in February 1973. They were broadcast live by drummer/producer and broadcaster Robert "Bud" Spangler for WDET FM — a public radio station dedicated to jazz — from Kenny and Barbara Cox's multi-purpose home for Strata Records at 46 Selden. Entrance to the gig was $5 dollars in advance and $6 on the door.

By the early Seventies Mingus' militant musings, volatile character and hugely innovative musical offerings had already earned him global notoriety. He'd played with the Bird, Dizzy, Max Roach, Duke Ellington and had released universally acclaimed albums as a leader like Blues & Roots, Oh Yeah and Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. This gig — one of a Jazz In Detroit series that also included Keith Jarrett, Tribe and Herbie Hancock — took place a few months after the release of Mingus' "third stream" masterpiece Let My Children Hear Music.

The music on these tapes is blazing. According to the late Roy Brooks, the band — which included himself and fellow Detroit trumpeter Joe Gardner — had not long returned from playing two tours in Europe. Fresh to the quintet was stellar pianist Don Pullen and listening to these recordings Pullen's church-driven power, blues sensibility and harmonic sophistication perfectly complements the bassist's own vision. On tenor saxophone we have the soulful and innovative John Stubblefield. Like Pullen he was a recent recruit. Unfortunately, the saxophonist's time with Mingus lasted a mere five months: "I got in a fight with Mingus and I shouldn't have done that. After that, I couldn't get arrested in New York." Ironically, when Sue Mingus formed the Mingus Big Band in 1992, to perpetuate her husband's legacy, Stubblefield emerged as a talismanic presence in the ensemble until he passed in 2005.

Thanks to BBE, 180 Proof Records and Strata Records we can now tune in to WDET-FM and transport ourselves back to Detroit '73, and get a taste of the furious energy and compositional sophistication of a unique and modern master at work in the most intimate of settings.

 



LP 1
Pithecanthropus Erectus
Pithecanthropus Erectus (continued)

LP 2
The Man Who Never Sleeps
Peggy's Blue Skylight

LP 3
Introduction by Bud Spangler / Celia
Celia (continued)

LP 4
C Jam Blues
C Jam Blues (continued)

LP 5
Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
Dizzy Profile

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