Mingus at Bremen 1964 & 1975
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The great bassist and composer Charles Mingus had his diehard supporters and detractors. His explosive intermingling of devil may care attitude, imposing character and aggressive music was sure to rub some listeners the wrong way and was just as likely to attract adventurous fans. But his genius could not be denied; it just may have taken some time to break down barriers.
A good way to examine this change in listener attitudes is to investigate the differences in critical appraisals from two performances in the port city of Bremen, Germany, a decade apart. The initial performance in 1964 introduced Mingus’s firebrand ways to an unsuspecting audience while his 1975 appearance was met with the expectancy of jazz royalty. The performances appear in their first official release remastered from the original source tapes on Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975.
Though Mingus was no stranger to Europe (he had notable appearances in Antibes in 1960 and London in 1961), his 1964 European tour has gone down as one of the most momentous in jazz lore. The tightly scheduled trip that was booked and overseen by soon to be impresario, then tour manager and agent, George Wein saw Mingus criss-cross the continent during middle to late April. Mingus’s performance in Bremen was his first ever in Germany.
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Item code: SSC1570
Info correct on: 13/1/2021