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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Get THIS in Your Soul !,
It was probably Mingus' best group featuring Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone), Ted Curson (trumpet), long-serving Dannie Richmond (drums) and the leader himself on bass who recorded this live festival gig in the summer of 1960.
The performance is bookended by extended rollicking gospel-tinged workouts of two of Mingus' greatest 'hits', "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and "Better Git Hit in Your Soul". Along the way, Booker Ervin really takes it to church on a passionate reading of the mighty "Prayer for Passive Resistance" which is sold as a rock and the highlight for this listener ; while Dolphy (on bass clarinet) and Mingus himself get the most out of the musical question, "What Love?". Curson and Richmond's contributions are also a joy throughout the proceedings and special guest artist Bud Powell joins the band on piano for "I'll Remember April".
What we have here is a fine, spirited and jumping live recording. The CD version is good value for money as when this was originally issued on vinyl it was a two-record set and, it also stands up well as a fair introduction to the work of Charles Mingus. It will make you eager to search out more from this important composer and musician who, like Thelonious Monk, always commanded the employ of top and imaginative soloists.
Mingus, yeah! Better get THIS in your soul !
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus was up there with Mozart n' Miles...,
I don't like to verbalise too much about music,
but I noticed no one had wrote a review of this.
I cant overemphasise the impact this album had on my life.
It contains some of the greatest examples of improvisational group playing ever recorded. Forget labels like Music, Art, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rock,. This album contains some of the most emotionally resonant music you'll ever hear.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Git This In Your Record Collection,
I echo all the previous comments, this is an outstanding example of live jazz from one of Mingus's best bands. Blistering solos, driving rhythm section and original themes. Refreshes the parts other bands cannot reach BUT not for the faint hearted !
Rumour has it that somewhere exists a video of this concert - now that I would like to see.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful & passionate Mingus concert from 1960.,
This complete 1960 Antibes concert is probably one of Charles Mingus's most exciting live recordings which, inexplicably, was not released by ATLANTIC until after his death in 1979. The music is uncommonly fiery and passionate with inspired playing from Mingus(bass & piano), Eric Dolphy(alto sax, bass-clarinet), Booker Ervin(tenor), Ted Curson(trumpet) and the ever-present Dannie Richmond(drums). The great bop pianist Bud Powell makes a guest appearance on one track, 'I'll Remember April'.
Small group jazz doesn't get any more powerful or moving than this and 'Mingus At Antibes' deserves to be included in any modern jazz collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a public display of passion and musical skill!,
Totally amazing concert performance. I always prefer "live" recordings to studio recordings. They are normally not edited, but the sound produced playing live is normally so much better. The effect of an audience cannot be under-estimated. In the studio or elsewhere Mingus was a hard task master and demanded "110%" from his musicians; here he get "120%"!
Recorded 1960 at the Antibes Jazz Festival it features the quartet to be found on the outstanding " Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus" album (Mingus, Curson, Dolphy and Richmond) augmented by Booker Ervin, and on one track Bud Powell.
Five of the six tunes come from Mingus. "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" (Blues and Roots), "What Love" and "Folk Forms" from ("CMPCM"), "Better Gie Hit In Your Soul" (Ah Um) and "Prayer For Passive Resistance". The sixth tune is "I'll Remember April" (with Bud Powell).
All the music is passionate; This is the period of major racial tension in the USA; Mingus was heavily involved in the "musical protest". Much of the music is angry, always emotional and engaging. Ted Curson (t) bends notes like no other trumpeter, Dolphy and Little blow their socks off and Dannie Richmond and Mingus drive the ensemble throughout.
This is what jazz music is all about: passion and inventiveness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mingus at Antibes: Live,
Its the best Mingus I've ever heard and it doesn't get better than that. Oh my goodness thats less than twenty words.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mingus,
This is classic Mingus. The live recording quality is amazing considering how long ago the album was made. Some of the music may be a bit 'out' for some tastes, the conversation between Mingus and Dolphy on 'What Love' where they are exploring the tonsl palletes of their instruments is a particularly heavy part!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mingus At Antibes Live.,
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I came to this album with a sense of not knowing what to expect. It was on first listen an engaging album which each time it is played bringing out more and more enjoyable jazz. Not to be missed.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mingus O'clock,
I'm a big fan of double bass, and I expected loads from this album. It delivered, but it's weaved in to the rest of the band, who are all genii. A drummer friend of mine complained that, whilst technically impressive, the rythm section tends to be very broken up, and at times (if you're not in the right mood) this album can be hard to listen to.
This is nit-picking though. This album contains some really quality jazz that will have you grooving into the early hours.
Being drunk is practically a requirement however.
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