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Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop – Pithecanthropus Erectus

$58.00
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne

Description

It was a fairly ordinary quintet that entered the Audio-Video Studios in New York City on 30 January 1956: one tenor saxophone, one alto saxophone, a pianist, a drummer and ... you guessed: an extraordinary man on the double bass! Not just an instrumentalist, but also an imaginative composer, wayfarer between all kinds of jazz, arranger and enfant terrible.

The Suite "Pithecanthropus Erectus" is – among other things – programme music. Having learned to walk upright, having achieved alleged superiority over animals, and having caused devastation, the destruction of mankind’s natural resources follows. The composer Mingus gives his fellow mankind/musicians the widest possible freedom, which all exploit to the full both in interplay and in the solos. Bedded down in noise and sound collages, the piece is the result of an experimental workshop. The Gershwin classic "A Foggy Day" takes on the role of intermediary between the jazz styles of the 1930s and free jazz. And in "Profile Of Jackie" and "Love Chant" the arranger calls for his soloists to go to the very limits of their artistic improvisation.

Charles Mingus was certainly not an easy person to deal with for his family, friends and fellow musicians. But that fades into the background when it comes to such outstanding music. Luckily, we outsiders can once again enjoy the music of this genius 60 years after the studio recording, in its original format.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

"Pithecanthropus Erectus" - Jackie McLean (as); J.R. Monterose (ts); Mal Waldron (p); Charlie Mingus (b); Willie Jones (dr)

Recording: January 1956 at Audio-Video Studios, New York City by Tom Dowd & Hal Lustig in mono

Production: Nesuhi Ertegun

Catalog: Atlantic 1237

Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve

Manufacturer: Speakers Corner

Original label: Atlantic

Release details

Label: Speakers Corner Records, Atlantic
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Mono
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2018
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop

Tracklist

A1 Pithecanthropus Erectus
A2 A Foggy Day
B1 Profile Of Jackie
B2 Love Chant