Charles Mingus

Mingus Ah Um (The Stereo & Mono Versions) (100897)

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Mingus Ah Um (The Stereo & Mono Versions)

Charles Mingus

Green Corner

8436563182013

GRC 152344

100897

JAZZ

2

CD 12,99 €

2-CD SET Plus 7 BONUS TRACKS

THE STEREO & MONO VERSIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON A SINGLE SET!!!!

This CD contains, both in its Stereo and Mono versions, the complete original classic album "Mingus Ah Um", featuring an all-star group including Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, Booker Ervin and Curtis Porter (aka Shafi Hadi).

The Mono version appears here for the first time on CD. In the late 1950s, it was common for big labels to record performances simultaneously in Mono and Stereo, and then release both versions at the same time, with different reference numbers. This was explained at the time by the fact that Stereo was still a very recent innovation, and not everyone had sound systems capable of reproducing the new technology. The Stereo albums, thus, were slightly more expensive than their Mono counterparts. Over time, the Mono versions were condemned to oblivion, and only recently some music fans have begun to value these long forgotten masters, which capture classic performances from a different aural point of view.

On the present release, both versions of this masterpiece can be compared. Given that the tracks on the original Mono release were edited to fi t into the 12” LP format, they in some cases are shorter than the unedited Stereo tracks. All additional songs and takes from those sessions have been added as a bonus to this set, which also includes a second version of “Fables of Faubus” taped by Mingus the following year.

PERSONNEL:

CHARLES MINGUS, bass & leader
JIMMY KNEPPER or WILLIE DENNIS, trombone
BOOKER ERVIN, tenor sax
CURTIS PORTER, alto & tenor sax
JOHN HANDY, alto & tenor sax, clarinet
HORACE PARLAN, piano
DANNIE RICHMOND, drums

Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, May 5 & 12, 1959.

(*) BONUS TRACKS:

CD 1 [10-12] & CD 2 [10-12]: from the same sessions, but not issued on the original LP.
CD 2 [13:] Charles Mingus (bass & leader), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, bass clarinet, flute), Ted Curson (trumpet), Dannie Richmond (drums). New York, October 20, 1960.

CD 1: THE STEREO VERSION (Columbia CS 8171)

01 BETTER GET IT IN YOUR SOUL
02 GOODBYE PORK PIE HAT
03 BOOGIE STOP SHUFFLE
04 SELF-PORTRAIT IN THREE COLORS
05 OPEN LETTER TO DUKE
06 BIRD CALLS
07 FABLES OF FAUBUS
08 PUSSY CAT DUES
09 JELLY ROLL
10 PEDAL POINT BLUES (*)
11 GG TRAIN (*)
12 GIRL OF MY DREAMS (*)

TOTAL TIME: 72:57 Min.

CD 2: THE MONO VERSION (Columbia CL-1370)

01 BETTER GET IT IN YOUR SOUL
02 GOODBYE PORK PIE HAT
03 BOOGIE STOP SHUFFLE
04 SELF-PORTRAIT IN THREE COLORS
05 OPEN LETTER TO DUKE
06 BIRD CALLS
07 FABLES OF FAUBUS
08 PUSSY CAT DUES
09 JELLY ROLL
10 BETTER GET IT IN YOUR SOUL [alt tk] (*)
11 BIRD CALLS [alt tk] (*)
12 JELLY ROLL [alt tk] (*)
13 ORIGINAL FAUBUS FABLES (*)

TOTAL TIME: 76:08 Min.