Mingus + co live at Antibes in 1960 or as wikipedia put it: Mingus at Antibes was originally a double album recorded at a live 1960 performance at Juan-les-Pins by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus; it was released in 1976. The album captures a performance at the Antibes Jazz Festival, and features some of Mingus's regular musicians in a generally piano-less quintet, though the band is joined by Bud Powell on "I'll Remember April", and Mingus himself plays some loose piano on "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and "Better Git Hit in Your Soul".
Charles Mingus – bass, piano,Ted Curson – trumpet,Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone, bass clarinet, Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone,Dannie Richmond – drums plus Bud Powell – piano on final track
the Atlantic label official release is Mingus - Live at Antibes as here , (was also released without original artwork or sleevenotes as Folk Forms is a cheap re-issue by the Penny label from the early 1990 s) The live performance at Antibes is undeniably exciting ,containing genuinely rawkus jazz with Mingus goading, wailing and steamrollering his band members through the first three tracks in the same manner. the impression is of a slightly drunken band of jazz musicians having a damn good time. much onstage vocal exhortations by Mingus to his band members adds to the sense of fervour but for me though i rarely play the cd (i bought mine back in about 1992) the sound quality is excellent and the performance of Eric Dolphy on What Love make this cd a flawed experience but worth buying for What Love alone which is superbly languid with Dolphy playing incredible bass clarinet throughout. a marvel. the first three tracks all follow Mingus' accelerating train method though and all three end in the same way with thrash about drumming at the finale of each track after the horn soloing free for all.
however , exciting and swinging ? yes, boisterous and ultimately a perhaps a little repetitive ? yes . great jazz overall though. four stars.