Money Jungle W/ C. Mingus & M. Roach
American Jazz Classics
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This release presents the complete original album Money Jungle (United Artists UAS 15017), which was the only trio collaboration of Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Both youngsters greatly admired Duke. Ellington himself briefl y featured Roach (in 1950) and Mingus (in 1953) in his band, and expressed on multiple occasions his appreciation for Mingus’ compositions. Most of the repertoire here was especially composed for the date, while the only old tunes they recorded were “Warm Valley,” “Caravan,” and “Solitude.” A complete 1953 Ellington trio session has been added as a bonus.
New York, September 17, 1962