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Mingus Revisited / Jazz Portraits: Mingus in by CHARLES MINGUS (2011-07-05)
Mingus Revisited / Jazz Portraits: Mingus in by CHARLES MINGUS (2011-07-05)
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Price: £32.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Two overlooked Charles Mingus albums from 1959 & 1960., 1 July 2016
This excellent reissue pairs two overlooked albums by Charles Mingus(1922-79) originally recorded for EMARCY & UNITED ARTISTS.
Tracks 1-8('Mingus Revisited' aka 'Pre-Bird') were recorded in New York City on May 24/25, 1960 and is mainly a retrospective of Mingus's early career featuring music composed in the 1940s before Charlie Parker and the bebop revolution.
The great bassist/composer/bandleader assembled a nonet(on 5 tracks) and a 25-piece orchestra(on 3 tracks) performing compositions by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and Mingus's early works including the impressive classically influenced 'Half-Mast Inhibition'. 'Eclipse'(written originally for Billie Holiday) and 'Weird Nightmare' feature haunting and passionate vocals from Lorraine Cusson. 'Prayer For Passive Resistance' is the only new work on the album with a tremendous preaching tenor solo from Yusef Lateef.
Tracks 9-12('Jazz Portraits' aka 'Wonderland' or 'Mingus in Wonderland') were recorded live at the Nonagon Art Gallery on January 16, 1959.
Mingus's excellent quintet featured Booker Ervin(tenor sax); John Handy(alto sax); Richard Wyands(piano) & Dannie Richmond(drums) playing four lengthy tracks.
'Nostalgia In Times Square' & 'Alice's Wonderland'(aka 'Diane') were composed by Mingus for the soundtrack of John Cassavetes' experimental film 'Shadows'.
Mingus's bass playing is superb throughout and probably the most impressive track is the intensely exciting 13-minute 'No Private Income Blues' which is a forerunner of the 1960 'Folk Forms No 1'.
'Jazz Portraits' along with 'Mingus Revisited' are two marvellous modern jazz albums that deserve to be more widely known.


Mingus Plays Piano by Mingus, Charles (2012-06-19)
Mingus Plays Piano by Mingus, Charles (2012-06-19)
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Price: £41.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful solo piano jazz., 1 July 2016
Although the great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus(1922-79) could never be described as a piano virtuoso his playing on this overlooked 1963 album displays more feeling and imagination than many over-hyped contemporary jazz pianists.
The piano was always important to Mingus when creating his compositions and it's fascinating to hear him alone at the piano playing seven hauntingly beautiful improvised originals plus four meditative standards.
This marvellous CD repays repeated listening and deserves a place in any Mingus collection.


Mingus in Wonderland by Charles Mingus (1994-07-01)
Mingus in Wonderland by Charles Mingus (1994-07-01)
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Price: £58.08

5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked Charles Mingus album from 1959., 30 Jun. 2016
This overlooked album by the great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus(1922-79) was originally recorded for UNITED ARTISTS at the Nonagon Art Gallery on January 16, 1959.
Mingus's excellent quintet featured Booker Ervin(tenor sax); John Handy(alto sax); Richard Wyands(piano) & Dannie Richmond(drums) playing four lengthy tracks.
'Nostalgia In Times Square' & 'Alice's Wonderland'(aka 'Diane') were composed by Mingus for the soundtrack of John Cassavetes' experimental film 'Shadows'.
Mingus's bass playing is superb throughout and probably the most impressive track is the intensely exciting 'No Private Income Blues' which is a forerunner of the 1960 'Folk Forms No 1''.
'Mingus in Wonderland' is an album that deserves to be more widely known.


Cracklin by Roy Haynes
Cracklin by Roy Haynes
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Price: £80.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and passionate modern jazz from Roy Haynes with Booker Ervin in 1963., 30 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Cracklin by Roy Haynes (Audio CD)
This overlooked 1963 quartet album led by the great drummer Roy Haynes(b. 1925) also features the vastly underrated tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin(1930-70) who plays passionately throughout. The rhythm section is completed by the excellent Ronnie Mathews(piano) & Larry Ridley(bass).
The six tracks include originals by Ervin('Scoochie'), Mathews('Dorian' & 'Honeydew'), Haynes('Bad News Blues') plus tremendous versions of Randy Weston's 'Sketch of Melba' and Hubert Giraud's 'Under Paris Skies'.
This soulful and adventurous album deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.


Glass Bead Games by Clifford Jordan (1999-04-01)
Glass Bead Games by Clifford Jordan (1999-04-01)
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Price: £58.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Clifford Jordan's neglected classic from 1973., 29 Jun. 2016
The underrated tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan(1931-93) recorded this marvellous album for the STRATA-EAST label on 'Stormy Monday', October 29, 1973.
Jordan leads two different quartets one of which features STRATA-EAST label owner Stanley Cowell on piano, Bill Lee on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. On the second quartet Cedar Walton(piano) and Sam Jones(bass) replaces Stanley Cowell and Bill Lee respectively.
The 12 original compositions were contributed from all the members of both quartets with the highlights being Jordan's 'Powerful Paul Robeson' & Bill Lee's moving 'John Coltrane'.
The overlooked 'Glass Bead Games' is one of the finest modern jazz albums of the 1970s and is well worth tracking down.


Sounds From Rikers Island by Elmo Hope (2004-11-16)
Sounds From Rikers Island by Elmo Hope (2004-11-16)
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Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and varied Elmo Hope session from 1963., 29 Jun. 2016
This 1963 session by the neglected bop pianist Elmo Hope(1923-67) was instigated by vibraharpist Walt Dickerson in order to draw attention to the problems of musician addicts, many of whom spent time in Rikers Island jail.
The excellent line-up includes the great saxophonist John Gilmore on a rare excursion away from Sun Ra's Arkestra. The remaining personnel includes Lawrence Jackson(trumpet); Freddie Douglas(alto & soprano sax); Ronald Boykins(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums) plus vocalists Earl Coleman & Marcelle Daniels on two of the nine tracks.
Highlights include the Hope originals 'Ecstasy', 'Trippin'', 'One For Joe' and a wonderful version of the hard bop classic 'A Night in Tunisia'.
All in all, this varied and exciting album deserves a place in any serious modern jazz collection.


Jazz Messengers by BLAKEY,ART / MONK,THELONIOUS
Jazz Messengers by BLAKEY,ART / MONK,THELONIOUS
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern jazz masterpiece from 1957., 28 Jun. 2016
This meeting of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the great pianist/composer Thelonious Monk(1917-82) was recorded on May 14/15, 1957 and is one of the classics of modern jazz.
Art Blakey(1919-90) played on some of Monk's earlier BLUE NOTE sessions and was the perfect drummer for the pianist. Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin also had a close understanding of Monk's music and plays brilliantly here. The quintet is completed by the underrated trumpeter Bill Hardman and the dependable bassist Spanky De Brest.
There are five Monk tunes with an original by Griffin plus three alternative takes.
Over an hour of music that still sounds fresh and exciting almost 60 years later and is absolutely essential for any modern jazz collection.


Silent Tongues
Silent Tongues
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Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cecil Taylor's brilliant solo piano concert at Montreux '74., 28 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Silent Tongues (Audio CD)
It's difficult to describe in words the sheer brilliance of this solo piano concert at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival but I'll do my best with this poem dedicated to Cecil Taylor:

Lightnin' and thunder

Along the keyboard

Zips and unzips

Elemental forces

Through cracks cascading

An endless flux

Of magic pulses

Dance above the trembling earth.


Monterey 66 by Randy Weston
Monterey 66 by Randy Weston

5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Weston's exciting band, live at Monterey in 1966., 27 Jun. 2016
Pianist/composer Randy Weston & his sextet plus special guest tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin gave their farewell concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 1966.
With Weston, who described it as "the best band I've ever had", were Ray Copeland(trumpet & flugelhorn); Cecil Payne(baritone sax); Bill Wood(bass); Lenny McBrowne(drums) & Big Black(congas).
All seven memorable tracks are Weston originals and highlights include Booker Ervin's intensely moving tenor playing on 'Portrait of Vivian' and the 25-minute percussive 'African Cookbook'.
'Monterey '66' is an album worth searching for as it captures this exciting band at a creative peak.


A Blowin' Session (RVG Edition) by Johnny Griffin (1999-05-03)
A Blowin' Session (RVG Edition) by Johnny Griffin (1999-05-03)
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Price: £26.59

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting hard bop jam session from 1957., 27 Jun. 2016
This excellent septet album was recorded in New Jersey on April 6, 1957 with the impressive line-up of Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley(tenor saxophones); Lee Morgan(trumpet); Wynton Kelly(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Art Blakey(drums).
The five memorable tracks include two originals by Griffin(with an alternative take of 'Smoke Stack') and two Jerome Kern standards.
Griffin maintains that this session was not a cutting contest and is quoted as saying "that was not Coltrane's attitude, or mine either".
This RVG Edition of 'A Blowin' Session' is an exciting meeting of great modern jazz musicians and a must for anyone who appreciates passionate hard bop.


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