Complete Live at the Bohemia 1955
Essential Jazz Classics
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2-CD SET - INCLUDES 5 BONUS TRACKS
This 2-CD set compiles all of the music recorded by the Charles Mingus Quintet with Max Roach as the guest star during a fruitful and extended evening in 1955. Most but not all of the material appeared on the LPs "Mingus at the Bohemia" (Debut Records DEB-123) and "The Charles Mingus Quintet Plus Max Roach" (Fantasy 6009), while the rest were issued on different compilations.
The concert presents Mingus at a time in which he had found his musical identity. His group is augmented by the great Max Roach as a special guest, and both masters play, among other tunes, an amazing duet titled “Percussion Discussion”. Mal Waldron’s piano is another of the highlights.
An extremely rare broadcast showcasing Mingus’ group also at the Bohemia the following year has been added as a bonus, including a version of “What Is This Thing Called Love” on which Phineas Newborn, Jr. replaces Waldron on piano. No other recordings of Newborn and Mingus together are known to exist! Studio versions of two of the tunes taped at the Bohemia, “Haitian Fight Song” and “A Foggy Day” complete this release.
CHARLES MINGUS, bass & leader
EDDIE BERT, trombone
GEORGE BARROW, tenor sax
MAL WALDRON, piano
WILLIE JONES, drums
MAX ROACH, drums
(replaces Jones on "Percussion Discussion", “Drums” 1 & 2, and “I’ll Remember April”)
Recorded at the Cafe Bohemia, New York, December 18, 1955 (from 5 to 8:30 pm).
CD 2 [7-9]: Charles Mingus (b), Bill Hardman (tp), Ernie Henry or Jackie McLean (as),
Mal Waldron (p, on 7-8), Phineas Newborn, Jr. (p, on 9), Calvin Newborn (g, added on 9),
Al Dreares or Willie Jones (d).
Live at Cafe Bohemia, New York, August 18, 1956.
CD 2 : Charles Mingus (b), Shafi Hadi (as), Jimmy Knepper (tb), Wade Legge (p), Dannie Richmond (d).
New York, March 12, 1957.
CD 2 :Charles Mingus (b), Jackie McLean (as), J.R. Monterose (ts), Mal Waldron (p), Willie Jones (d).
New York, January 30, 1956.
INCLUDES 16-PAGE BOOKLET
CD 1: Total time: 77:22 min.
01 JUMP MONK #1
02 SERENADE IN BLUE
03 PERCUSSION DISCUSSION
04 WORK SONG
06 ALL THE THINGS YOU C-SHARP #1
07 DRUMS #1
08 I’LL REMEMBER APRIL
09 A FOGGY DAY
10 A PORTRAIT OF BUD POWELL
11 HAITIAN FIGHT SONG
CD 2: Total time: 76:15 min.
01 LOVE CHANT
02 LADY BIRD
03 WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE
04 JUMP MONK #2
05 ALL THE THINGS YOU C-SHARP #2
06 DRUMS #2
08 JUST BOHEMIA
09 WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE #2
10 HAITIAN FIGHT SONG [STUDIO VERSION]
11 A FOGGY DAY [STUDIO VERSION]