6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Awesome in the true sense of the word.,
This review is from: The Great Concert Of Charles Mingus (Audio CD)
There are a lot of recordings of the 1964 European tour and, having listened to most of them, I think this is the best.
I think the word "smokin'" could have been invented for this album. It contains solo after wonderful solo from all concerned and it's the amount of drive (or swing) which the band possesses which makes me use the word "awesome." I am in awe!
At this time, there was simply no-one to touch Mingus as a bass player (and never since, in my opinion.) Perhaps if Jimmy Blanton had lived it would have been different but I think Mingus's overall genius as a composer and bandleader will always give him the edge.
I've been listening to this album for about a quarter of a century and have never been bored with it.