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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The five Charles Mingus albums included in this set represent two of his three periods with Atlantic Records. These also represent the great composer and bandleader during his most prolonged period of creativity and discovery; they helped to establish his legend. This period begins with the first album in this set, 1956's Pithecanthropus Erectus and continued relentlessly through his two Changes volumes not included here for Atlantic in the early '70s -- there were numerous recordings, many of them classics, in the years between his various Atlantic stays. Three of the remaining recordings on this date are also rightfully regarded as classics -- check the individual reviews ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The five Charles Mingus albums included in this set represent two of his three periods with Atlantic Records. These also represent the great composer and bandleader during his most prolonged period of creativity and discovery; they helped to establish his legend. This period begins with the first album in this set, 1956's Pithecanthropus Erectus and continued relentlessly through his two Changes volumes not included here for Atlantic in the early '70s -- there were numerous recordings, many of them classics, in the years between his various Atlantic stays. Three of the remaining recordings on this date are also rightfully regarded as classics -- check the individual reviews of these titles: The Clown, recorded in 1957, Blues and Roots recorded in 1959, and Oh Yeah, recorded in 1962, which featured Mingus on piano and vocals on numerous tunes, and offers up some of his most memorable material. It was cut when he briefly returned to label after cutting a number of stellar albums with Columbia, Mercury, and RCA. The final album in this set, Tonight at Noon is a near classic; it's compiled from two different recording sessions, in 1957 and 1961. Despite the disparity of time, the music is absolutely top shelf. Given the price of this set, and that these are the same remasters that Warner offered up individually in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, this box is an absolute steal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 081227976286
  • Catalog Number: 2797628
  • Sales rank: 19,947

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Mingus Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
John Handy Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Horace Parlan Piano
Dannie Richmond Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
Willie Dennis Trombone
Wade Legge Piano
Jean Shepherd Narrator, Improvisation
Shafi Hadi Alto Saxophone
Willie Jones Drums
Jackie McLean Alto Saxophone
J.R. Monterose Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Porter Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roland Kirk Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Manzello, Siren
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Charles Mingus Composer, Liner Notes
Tom Dowd Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Phil Iehle Engineer
Hal Lustig Engineer
Gunther Schuller Liner Notes
Marvin Israel Cover Design
Loring Eutemey Cover Art
Lee Friedlander Cover Photo
Larry Hiller Engineer
Julio de Diego Cover Art
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