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Album · 1959

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By CHARLES MINGUS

Tracklist

A1 Slop 4:37
A2 Diane 7:30
A3 Song With Orange 4:12
A4 Gunslinging Bird 4:56
B1 Things Ain't What They Used To Be 4:23
B2 Far Wells, Mill Valley 6:10
B3 New Now, Know How 3:05
B4 Mood Indigo 8:15
B5 Put Me In That Dungeon 2:50

Line-up/Musicians

– Charles Mingus / Bass, Composed By
– Dannie Richmond / Drums
– Roland Hanna / Piano
– Benny Golson / Reeds
– Booker Ervin / Reeds
– Jerome Richardson / Reeds
– John Handy / Reeds
– Jimmy Knepper / Trombone
– Don Ellis / Trumpet
– Richard Williams / Trumpet
– Teddy Charles / Vibraphone

About this release

Columbia – CL 1440(US)

Recorded Nov.1 1959: Diane / Song with Orange / Gunslinging Bird / Far Wells, Mill Valley / New Now, Know How.
Recorded Nov. 13, 1959: Slop / Things Ain't What They Used To Be / Mood Indigo / Put Me In That Dungeon.

Reissue on Sony Legacy (CD) 2009

Thanks to snobb, dreadpirateroberts for the updates

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Sean Trane
Second Columbia label album for Mingus, and it consists of two late-59 sessions, some twelve days apart with two somewhat similar line-up, if you’ll except that on that later one, there were two cellist in lieu of more brass. Indeed, along with his then-usual suspects of Richmond (drums), Knepper (trombone), Mingus has enlisted saxmen Handy and Ervin and pianist Hanna and more to make yet another landmark in his discography after the often-excellent Tijuana Moods over two years before.

Opening on the later session’s Slop, a bluesy piano-driven boogie-woogie track, this is the only composition recorded that day that will grace the A-side. The rest of them are more or less closing the album. Of the same session, the Ellington reprise of Things doesn’t bring much new, so it’s kind of pointless (at least to moi). Ditto for the overlong Mood Indigo reprise. The closing Dungeon piece might deserve to have been recorded on the later session, because it presents the more Mingusian arrangements.

The former session consists of the remaining five tracks, including the excellent Diane track, one that reminds us of the future Meditation masterpiece, with an awesome would-be symphonic-cum-jazz arrangement, ala Debussy. While the following Orange has an Ellington big band feel intro, it crescendos to an enthralling mid-section, where the winds take centre stage and interplay wildly. Still recorded on that day, Gunslinging Bird is an exciting up-tempo piece with the winds pushing up a storm through your speaker’s membrane. Exciting stuff. Mill Valley is another beauty, with exquisite arrangements over a daring composition, with the middle section pushing mid-eastern-wards. There are some interesting brass arrangements on the otherwise fairly-standard Know How.

Probably my second fave Mingus album (despite its schizophrenic nature due to the two different sessions), Dynasty certainly stands proudly in that 1959 year, the revolutionary year for jazz, and Mingus’ contribution with the present speaks for itself and somehow the Chinese emperor artwork gracing the cover is not usurped, especially considering the partially-Chinese origins of Charlie.

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