Nostalgia in Times Square

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There have been many attempts to revisit the music of Charles Mingus ever since his death in 1979 with several of the groups being called Mingus Dynasty, but this is by far the most successful of all the Mingus tribute albums. The 20-piece Mingus Big Band is an all-star unit comprised of mostly younger musicians who have spent several years really studying and getting inside the great bassist's music. The band's debut CD has such spirited soloists as baritonist Ronnie Cuber who introduces "Nostalgia in Times Square" with a memorable story of his first encounter with Mingus, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ryan Kisor, and Jack Walrath, trombonists Art Baron, Frank Lacy, and Dave ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There have been many attempts to revisit the music of Charles Mingus ever since his death in 1979 with several of the groups being called Mingus Dynasty, but this is by far the most successful of all the Mingus tribute albums. The 20-piece Mingus Big Band is an all-star unit comprised of mostly younger musicians who have spent several years really studying and getting inside the great bassist's music. The band's debut CD has such spirited soloists as baritonist Ronnie Cuber who introduces "Nostalgia in Times Square" with a memorable story of his first encounter with Mingus, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ryan Kisor, and Jack Walrath, trombonists Art Baron, Frank Lacy, and Dave Taylor, altoist Steve Slagle, tenors Chris Potter, Craig Handy, and John Stubblefield, and pianist Kenny Drew, Jr., among others. The ten Mingus compositions are all given memorable treatments, particularly "Moanin'," the witty and somewhat nutty "Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid Too," and "Weird Nightmare." The new arrangements by Sy Johnson, Jack Walrath, and Ronnie Cuber are quite crowded and very much in the spirit of Mingus. This was one of the top recordings to be released in 1994 and is essential for all serious jazz collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1993
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 3460503655928
  • Catalog Number: 903317
  • Sales rank: 100,256

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mingus Big Band Primary Artist
Ronnie Cuber Reeds
Michael Formanek Bass
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Jack Walrath Trumpet
Ray Mantilla Conga
Kenny Drew Jr. Piano
Ryan Kisor Trumpet
Alex Foster Reeds
Steve Slagle Reeds
Craig Handy Reeds
Art Baron Trombone, Bass Trombone
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Sam Burtis Trombone
Victor Jones Drums
Chris Kase Trumpet
Frank Lacy Trombone
Andy McKee Bass
Roger Rosenberg Reeds
John Stubblefield Reeds
Joe Locke Vibes
Technical Credits
Yves Chamberland Producer, Executive Producer
Sue Mingus Producer, Liner Notes
Ed Rak Engineer
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