MASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES. THE FIRST TIME ON CD.
FEATURES NEVER OFFICIALLY RECORDED OR TITLED TRACK: DIZZY PROFILE
INCLUDES POSTER, EXTENSIVER SLEEVE NOTES AND RARE PHOTOGRAPHS
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.
By the early Seventies Mingus’ militant musings, volatile character and hugely innovative musical offerings had already earned him global notoriety. 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.
CHARLES MINGUS, Bass ROY BROOKS, Drums JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, Tenor Saxophone JOE GARDNER, Trumpet DON PULLEN, Piano
Recorded February 13th-18th, 1973, at the Strata Concert Gallery. Detroit, Michigan. USA.
CD 1: 01. Pithecanthropus Erectus 02. The Man Who Never Sleeps 03. Peggy's Blue Skylight
CD 2: 01. Introduction By Bud Spangler / Celia 02. Bud Spangler Interview with Roy Brooks and Commentary
CD 3: 01. C Jam Blues 02. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk 03. Dizzy Profile
CD 4: 01. Noddin' Ya Head Blues 02. Celia (Alternate Take)
CD 5: 01. Dizzy Profile (Alternate Take) 02. Strata Gallery Announcement By Bud Spangler / Radio Broadcast WDET FM