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Charles Mingus - Mingus At Carnegie Hall

 (Limited Deluxe Edition)


Run Out Groove



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UPC: 081227890100

180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 3
New Arrival

180 Gram LP

Limited edition deluxe 180-gram 3LP set

Mingus' complete set at Carnegie Hall — played in its original order for the first time!

Mastered and cut to lacquer for maximum fidelity

Features more than 70 minutes of previously unreleased material!

Includes previously unseen photos from photographer Gosta Peterson, plus new liner notes from jazz historian and producer, Michael Cuscuna

One of the most important figures in 20th century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church-choir and group singing — and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when (he) was 8 years old." His early professional experience, in the '40s, found him touring with bands like Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Lionel Hampton.

Mingus' career has spanned three-decades and he collaborated with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock. Mingus' compositions retain the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, drawing heavily from black gospel music and blues, while sometimes containing elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Because of his brilliant writing for midsize ensembles, and his catering to and emphasizing the strengths of the musicians in his groups, Mingus is often considered the heir of Duke Ellington. From the 1960s until his death in 1979 at age 56, Mingus remained in the forefront of American music. When asked to comment on his accomplishments, Mingus said that his abilities as a bassist were the result of hard work but that his talent for composition came from God. He died in Mexico on January 5, 1979, and his wife, Sue Graham Mingus, scattered his ashes in the Ganges River in India. Both New York City and Washington, D.C. honored him posthumously with a "Charles Mingus Day."

Originally recorded on January 19, 1974, Mingus At Carnegie Hall was released as a 1LP that only featured two long tracks ("C Jam Blues" and "Perdido") from the concert; one track per LP side, and features Jon Faddis, Charles McPherson, John Handy, George Adams, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Hamiet Bluiett, Don Pullen, and Dannie Richmond. Yet the original concert in January of ‘74 included two hours of performances, but nearly 70+ minutes were left on the cutting room floor. With jazz music on the decline in the U.S. in the 1970s, Atlantic Records was probably concerned about releasing a 3LP set at a higher price point that only the most ardent fans would purchase at the time. Well, after 47 years and in honor of this year's Black Music Month, Run Out Groove has righted the course of this ship, issuing the complete 1974 Mingus At Carnegie Hall album with more than 72 minutes of unreleased material and putting the original running order of the concert in correct sequence. The deluxe 3LP set features never-before-seen photos taken by original photographer Gal Costa and new liner notes by jazz historian and producer, Michael Cuscuna.

Side A
1. Introduction
2. Peggy’s Blue Skylight

Side B
1. Celia

Side C
1. Fables Of Faubus

Side D
1. Big Alice

Side E
1. Perdido

Side F
1. C Jam Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Great Show

posted on 08/19/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Sam
Really impressed by this one. Amazing live recording. Outstanding package overall!

Must-have for any Mingus fan, and a steal at retail price!

posted on 07/31/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Chris G
Spectacular set. I've listened to the digital release of this numerous times, but listening to the vinyl is like hearing it for the first time. The packaging, mastering, & pressing here are all truly first rate.

Holy Wow

posted on 07/23/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
All 3 of my records looked perfect except for one slight discoloration. You could tell by looking at them that they'd play cleanly, and they are almost perfectly quiet outside of a light click or two.

The sound stage is huge - from left to right and in between. There's also depth as some of the players are back in the mix. All of the major players are easily heard. The musical detail is nearly perfect and they sound like they are in your room. This is a great live recording.

What of the performance? Since most of the music on these records has not been released before, I thought it useful to comment on the performance. In a word it's phenomenal - easily the best thing I've ever heard from Mingus, and that's saying a lot. Every tune absolutely rocks, and everybody gets a chance to solo. Each tune is an album side, and they just go with such energy that I can't find enough adjectives to describe. This is literally 2 hours of hard driving Bop at its fines

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