Charles Mingus

Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

5 LP
5 CD

“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 Selden. Entrance to the gig was $5 dollars in advance and $6 on 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’.

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  • 2.Pithecanthropus Erectus (continued)
  • 3.The Man Who Never Sleeps
  • 4.Peggy's Blue Skylight
  • 5.Introduction by Bud Spangler / Celia
  • 6.Celia (continued)
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  • 8.C Jam Blues (continued)
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  • 10.Dizzy Profile
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  • 12.Celia (Alternate Take)
  • 13.Dizzy Profile (Alternate Take)
  • 13.Strata Gallery Announcement by Bud Spangler / Radio Broadcast WDET F

Cat no: BBE453ACD
Label: BBE
Info correct on: 6/9/2018