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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Top Class CD, 12 Dec. 2000
This is one of my alltime great albums. Mingus is on top form as composer and bass player and is joined by the miraculous Eric Dolphy as well as Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond. This album was recorded as though it was a live concert with the lights turned low and Mingus making announcements. They were actually in a studio attempting to get a live atmosphere to enhance their performance. It works a treat. There are four tunes. Folk Forms is a rhythmic and bouncy set of patterns and riffs rather than a melody. Mingus and Dolphy really take it out and play some very succesful free jazz. What Love is startling in it's use of time and in the way Mingus and Dolphy seem to be discussing things with their instruments. All The Things You Could Have Been By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Had Been Your Mother is another excellent take. For me the top tune is Original Faubus Fables. This is a brilliant attack on segregation and other backward political viewpoints. It also has my favourite solo ever. That is Eric Dolphy's solo on alto sax. This solo says so much in a short time. With the rhythmic elacticity of Charlie Parker and the inventiveness of Ornette Coleman, Dolphy reaches rare heights as he glides over and cuts through the choppy accompaniment. All in all this CD is top. Buy it now.