Charles Mingus - Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden [5LP Box Set] (180 Gram, poster, booklet)
Lost Live Performance On Special Deluxe 180g Vinyl 5LP Box Set!
First Time On Vinyl! Mastered From The Original Tapes!
Features Never Officially Recorded Or Titled Track "Dizzy Profile"!
"I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time." - Charles Mingus
The radical discovery by Amir Abdullah of 5 two-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks – widow of innovative Detroit drummer Roy Brooks – of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery is cause for some serious celebration. These electrifying recordings took place during Mingus' week-long residency in February 1973. They were broadcast live by drummer/producer and broadcaster Robert "Bud" Spangler for WDET FM – a public radio station dedicated to jazz – from Kenny and Barbara Cox's multi-purpose home for Strata Records at 46 Seldon. Entrance to the gig was $5 dollars in advance and $6 at the door.
By the early Seventies Mingus' militant musings, volatile character and hugely innovative musical offerings had already earned him global notoriety. He'd played with the Bird, Dizzy, Max Roach, Duke Ellington and had released universally acclaimed albums as a leader like Blues & Roots, Oh Yeah and Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. This gig – one of a Jazz In Detroit series that also included Keith Jarrett, Tribe and Herbie Hancock – took place a few months after the release of Mingus' "third stream" masterpiece Let My Children Hear Music.
The music on these tapes is blazing. According to the late Roy Brooks, the band – which included himself and fellow Detroit trumpeter Joe Gardner - had not long returned from playing two tours in Europe. Fresh to the quintet was stellar pianist Don Pullen and listening to these recordings Pullen's church-driven power, blues sensibility and harmonic sophistication perfectly complements the bassist's own vision. On tenor saxophone we have the soulful and innovative John Stubblefield. Like Pullen he was a recent recruit. Unfortunately, the saxophonist's time with Mingus lasted a mere 5 months: "I got in a fight with Mingus and I shouldn't have done that. After that, I couldn't get arrested in New York." Ironically, when Sue Mingus formed the Mingus Big Band in 1992, to perpetuate her husband's legacy, Stubblefield emerged as a talismanic presence in the ensemble until he passed in 2005.
Thanks to BBE, 180 Proof Records and Strata Records we can now tune in to WDET-FM and transport ourselves back to Detroit '73, and get a taste of the furious energy and compositional sophistication of a unique and modern master at work in the most intimate of settings.
• Special Deluxe 5LP Box Set
• 180g Vinyl
• First time on vinyl
• Lift-off lid
• Mastered from the original tapes
• Mastering by Alex Abrash, AA Mastering & Shawn Joseph, Optimum Mastering
• Includes never officially recorded or titled track "Dizzy Profile"
• Extensive sleeve notes and rare photographs
• A2 size poster
• Made in the EU
Charles Mingus, bass
Roy Brooks, drums
John Stubblefield, tenor saxophone
Joe Gardner, trumpet
Don Pullen, piano
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus (continued)
1. The Man Who Never Sleeps
1. Peggy's Blue Skylight
1. Introduction by Bud Spangler / Celia
1. Celia (continued)
1. C Jam Blues
1. C Jam Blues (continued)
1. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
1. Dizzy Profile