Alternate Takes

Alternate Takes

by Charles Mingus
     
 

Although Charles Mingus released a number of albums which count among the all-time greats of modern jazz, most lists of his best would include Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty, the utterly thrilling, innovative sessions from 1959. Alternate Takes provides just that from those dates -- alternate versions of six pieces, all of them noteworthy.…  See more details below

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Although Charles Mingus released a number of albums which count among the all-time greats of modern jazz, most lists of his best would include Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty, the utterly thrilling, innovative sessions from 1959. Alternate Takes provides just that from those dates -- alternate versions of six pieces, all of them noteworthy. Occasionally, one can hear why a certain take wasn't retained for the final album: On "Better Git It in Your Soul," for example, the theme as stated by the front line comes back too quickly, trampling on a Dannie Richmond drum solo. But even that raggedness is none too off-putting in a Mingus-ian context where a certain amount of chaos is both expected and welcome. In fact, if the listener just forgets about the whole idea of alternate takes, he or she can simply wallow in one stupendous Mingus composition after another. Saxophonists John Handy and Booker Ervin are glorious in their rare combination of hyper intelligence and deep soul, and Jimmy Knepper is his normal, outstanding self. Some of the pieces, like "Song With Orange," feature sections later dropped in the released version, but the real joy is not found in discographical oddities but in the amazing music itself. This is Mingus at or near the height of his powers, working with two of his very finest bands (tracks one through three are performed by a sextet, tracks four through six by a tentet). No self-respecting fan can possibly be without it. The booklet contains a fine essay by Mingus biographer Brian Priestley.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646551424
catalogNumber:
65514

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
John Handy   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Horace Parlan   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Dannie Richmond   Drums
"Captain" John Handy   Alto Saxophone
Shafi Hadi   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Mark Wilder   Recorder
Rob Schwarz   Recorder
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Ray Moore   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design

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