Introducing… with Charlie Mingus & Art Blakey
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Originally released in 1953 on Charles Mingus’s own “Debut” label, this is Paul Bley’s historical debut album. Here the young talented and technically strong pianist appears as leader of a super-trio with nothing but Mingus himself on bass and Art Blakey on drums. This is a beautifully varied set including both renditions of classic standards such as “I can’t get Started”, and Bley’s early originals like “Opus 1” and “Spontaneous Combustion” This is where you can hear the very beginning of a truly unique musical voice in Jazz history.
New York, November 30, 1953