High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Virgin Vinyl LP!
AAA Recording! Pressed at Pallas Germany!
It was a fairly ordinary quintet that entered the Audio-Video Studios in New
York City on January 30, 1956: one tenor saxophone, one alto saxophone, a
pianist, a drummer and ... you guessed: an extraordinary man on the double bass!
Not just an instrumentalist, but also an imaginative composer, wayfarer between
all kinds of jazz, arranger and enfant terrible.
The Suite "Pithecanthropus Erectus" is among other things programme music.
Having learned to walk upright, having achieved alleged superiority over
animals, and having caused devastation, the destruction of mankinds natural
resources follows. The composer Mingus gives his fellow mankind/musicians the
widest possible freedom, which all exploit to the full both in interplay and in
the solos. Bedded down in noise and sound collages, the piece is the result of
an experimental workshop. The Gershwin classic "A Foggy Day" takes on the role
of intermediary between the jazz styles of the 1930s and free jazz. And in
"Profile Of Jackie" and "Love Chant" the arranger calls for his soloists to go
to the very limits of their artistic improvisation.
Charles Mingus was certainly not an easy person to deal with for his family,
friends and fellow musicians. But that fades into the background when it comes
to such outstanding music. Luckily, we outsiders can once again enjoy the music
of this genius 60 years after the studio recording, in its original format.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from
the master tapes through to the cutting head.
180g High Quality Vinyl
Made from the original, analogue mastertapes
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Faithful reproduction of original artwork and labels
Charlie Mingus, bass
Jackie McLean, alto saxophone
J.R. Monterose, tenor saxophone
Mal Waldron, piano
Willie Jones, drums
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
2. A Foggy Day
1. Profile Of Jackie
2. Love Chant