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Passionate and adventurous jazz from Charles Mingus in 1959.,
This review is from: Mingus Dynasty (Audio CD)
'Mingus Dynasty' is an unjustly neglected album that was recorded in November, 1959 six months after the great bassist's classic 'Mingus Ah Um'.
6 of the 10 tracks feature a tentet with the remaining 4 by a septet. The collective personnel includes Don Ellis & Richard Williams(trumpets); Jimmy Knepper(trombone); Booker Ervin. John Handy, Benny Golson & Jerome Richardson(reeds); Roland Hanna(piano); Teddy Charles(vibes) & Dannie Richmond(drums).
The varied music ranges from fiery gospel-and-blues('Slop' & 'Gunslinging Bird') and Ellington(Duke & Mercer) tributes to more complex pieces such as 'Far Wells, Mill Valley' & 'Diane'. The bonus track 'Strollin''(Nostalgia in Times Square') features a vocal from Honey Gordon.
This remastered and expanded edition of 'Mingus Dynasty' makes an excellent companion to 'Mingus Ah Um' and should appeal to anyone who loves passionate and adventurous modern jazz.