Live At Montreux 1975 / Mingus
Label: EAGLE RECORDS
Disc: 1 1. Devil Blues 2. Free Cell Block F Tis Nazi U S 3. Sue's Changes Disc: 2 1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 2. Take The "A" Train
Charles Mingus was one of the all-time great jazz bass players but he was also an innovative composer and a leader with a clear vision of where he wanted to go and, in truth, little sympathy for those who couldn’t keep up with him. As a young jobbing bass man in the forties he played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and his idol Duke Ellington. In the fifties he pursued a solo career and launched his own record label. After a brief withdrawal from music in the late sixties he returned, seemingly reinvigorated, in the early seventies playing in a quintet. Unfortunately in 1977 he was diagnosed with a crippling disease, which confined him to a wheelchair up until his death in 1979 but didn’t stop him composing. This concert, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 20,1975, primarily features considerably extended versions of tracks from the pair of albums Changes One and Changes Two that were released in 1974 together with workouts on a couple of old standards Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Take The “A” Train. The lineup features Charles Mingus on bass with Don Pullen on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums, George Adams on tenor sax, and Jack Walrath on trumpet. For the track Goodbye Pork Pie Hat they are joined on stage by the great Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and Benny Bailey on trumpet.