Presents Charles Mingus
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In 1960, celebrated jazz critic Nat Hentoff called Charles Mingus to record a number of sessions for the new Candid label. Mingus was given absolute freedom on these sessions, and the results of the first date were issued on the celebrated Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus. The band consists of a pianoless quartet with trumpeter Ted Curson, alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy (who also plays bass clarinet on one track), Mingus on bass and veteran Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond.
Despite the brevity of Charles Mingus’ working relationship with Candid, the bassist was quite happy with their association. His time with the label was short lived due to the company’s brief existence within the industry, and not because of any problem between the bassist and the label’s owners or producers. (Candid Records would disappear nearly six months after the last of these recordings was made.) Behind Mingus’ association with Candid was Nat Hentoff, who also authored the liner notes of all of his albums for the label. After Candid’s disappearance, Mingus would continue recording for Atlantic records, beginning with his first album for the label, Oh Yeah (taped on November 6, 1961).
New York, October 20, 1960."