High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Virgin Vinyl LP!
Audiophile Mastering By Kevin Gray From Original Master Tapes!
Who hasn't got an ancient, worn-out copy of "The Clown" on his shelf, with a
tatty cover and torn inner sleeve? Or maybe one of the rare re-releases made of
cheap, thin vinyl with dreadful graphic art? And if you haven't heard this gem
for a long time, despite the flood of Mingus LPs, CDs and downloads on the
market, then you really should seize this opportunity to do so. "The Clown" was,
and still is, an absolute must-have for every jazz collector. The small
ensemble, only five musicians, came into the New York Atlantic Records studio in
March 1957 to record music exclusively composed by the double bassist. Over the
next 15 years, three of them were to be heard in numerous concerts with other
ensembles. But the original recordings on this LP were the most deeply
concentrated, the most versatile, and quite simply the best of all. The more so
because the label attached great importance to optimal studio conditions and
allowed the instrumentalists plenty of time to make the recordings.
In the present reissue "The Clown" can be enjoyed to the full from the very
first note of "Haitian Fight Song" up until the words "William Morris Sends
Regrets" in the title work.
"The call-and-response of "Haitian Fight Song" and Mingus' first original
blues on record, "Bee Cee", are as rootsy as a swamp, despite chordal voicings
that evoke Ellington and even Monk. We also get "Reincarnation of a Lovebird," a
kaleidoscopic homage to Charlie Parker, and, on the title track, one of those
narratives with accompaniment Mingus used so effectively over the years. This
classic date richly deserves the Speakers Corner deluxe production it gets with
this reissue." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, July/August 2017
• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue
• AAA Recording
• Audiophile Mastering By Kevin Gray From Original Master Tapes
Charles Mingus, bass
Curtis Porter, alto saxophone (A1-B1), tenor saxophone (B2)
Jimmy Knepper, trombone
Wade Legge, piano
Dannie Richmond, drums
Jean Shepherd, vocals (Narration B2)
1. Haitian Fight Song
2. Blue Cee
1. Reincarnation Of A Lovebird
2. The Clown
Recorded February and March 1957 in New York City.