– Charles Mingus Quintet – In Concert from Liederhalle, Stuttgart Germany – April 28, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
The proceedings were recorded faithfully by German Radio on April 28, 1964 – during Mingus’ landmark European tour of that year.
So much has been written about Mingus it’s almost pointless to add anything, particularly when all you have to do is hit the play button and all the proof you need is there.
Charles Mingus was an astonishing force in the realm of Jazz – and people who accompanied him were no less luminary. I think it’s safe to say he brought out the best in any musician he came in contact with – and that’s not only the sign of a gifted and talented musician he was, it also spoke of his abilities to assemble the best group of compatriots to share the journey with. He was inspiring as well as inspired.
Mingus’s compositions continue to be played by contemporary musicians ranging from the repertory bands Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra, to the high school students who play the charts and compete in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. In 1993, the Library of Congress acquired Mingus’s collected papers—including scores, sound recordings, correspondence and photos—in what they described as “the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library’s history”.
For the next hour and 16 minutes, you get to witness that, exactly as the transformed audience heard it in Stuttgart, that particular April 28th in 1964.
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