This edition presents the complete 1962 concert given by Charles Mingus with his band at New York’s Town Hall –originally released on Charles Mingus: Town Hall Concert (United Artists UAJ14024). A controversial performance which received uneven reviews, it features the leader performing compositions he would only rarely record on other occasions, if ever. The band is a who’s who of jazz greats, including Clark Terry, Eric Dolphy, Charles McPherson, Charlie Mariano, Zoot Sims, Britt Woodman, Jimmy Cleveland, Pepper Adams, Les Spann, Jaki Byard and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among others. Jimmy Knepper, who was part of Mingus’ band at the time, couldn’t be present because he had an argument with the leader during the rehearsals (Mingus punched him in the face and broke his embouchure). The studio version of “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” has been added here as a bonus.
CHARLES MINGUS bass & leader, with:
Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, Richard Williams, Rolf Ericson, Ed Armour, Lonnie Hillyer (tp)
Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Willie Dennis, Eddie Bert, Jimmy Cleveland, Paul Faulise (tb)
Don Butterfield (tu), Danny Bank (contrabass-cl), Romeo Penque (oboe),
Eric Dolphy, Charlie Mariano, Charles McPherson, Buddy Collette (as)
Zoot Sims, George Berg (ts), Pepper Adams, Jerome Richardson (bar), Warren Smith (vib, perc)
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jaki Byard (p), Les Spann (g), Milt Hinton (b), Dannie Richmond (d)
Grady Tate (perc).
Arrangements by Melba Liston, Bob Hammer & Gene Roland.
All compositions by CHARLES MINGUS.
Except “In a Mellow Tone” (Duke Ellington-George Duke-Milt Gabler)
Town Hall, New York, October 12, 1962.
01 FREEDOM Part 1 3:47
02 FREEDOM Part 2 [originally issued as CLARK IN THE DARK] 3:14
03 OSMOTIN’ 2:50
04 EPITAPH Part 1 7:03
05 PEGGY’S BLUE SKYLIGHT 5:21
06 EPITAPH Part 2 5:10
07 MY SEARCH 8:09
08 PORTRAIT 4:34
09 DUKE’S CHOICE [originally issued as DON’T COME BACK] 5:12
10 PLEASE DON’T COME BACK FROM THE MOON 7:24
11 IN A MELLOW TONE [originally issued as FINALE] 8:21
12 EPITAPH Part 1 [encore] 7:23
13 PEGGY’S BLUE SKYLIGHT [studio version] 9:43
Total Time: 78:16