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Take the 'A' Train
     

Take the 'A' Train

by Charles Mingus
 
Essentially, this is the complete set of Mingus Revisited and Mercury's Pre-Bird, recorded on May 24 and 25 in 1960. There are five tracks with a tentet that includes Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson, Yusef Lateef, Dannie Richmond, Roland Hanna, Joe Farrell, and

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Essentially, this is the complete set of Mingus Revisited and Mercury's Pre-Bird, recorded on May 24 and 25 in 1960. There are five tracks with a tentet that includes Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson, Yusef Lateef, Dannie Richmond, Roland Hanna, Joe Farrell, and Jimmy Knepper, Booker Ervin, and Lorraine Cussen on vocals on "Weird Nightmare" and "Eclipse." There is a big band who recorded on the second day and includes all of the above except for Ervin and Cussen, but adds players like Paul Bley on piano, Bill Barron on saxophone, a full-on trumpet section that features not only Curson but also Marcus Belgrave, Clark Terry, Hobart Dotson, and Richard Williams, and a trombone section with Slide Hampton, Eddie Bert, and Charles "Majid" Greenlee. Other players include flutist Robert Didomenica, alto saxman John LaPorta, Charles McCracken on cello, and a trio of percussionists that features Max Roach on "Half-Mast Inhibition." These strange but wonderful tracks include a beautiful "Take the 'A' Train," that comes right out of "Exactly Like You," and the beautiful "Bemoanable Lady," and the speculative "Prayer for Passive Resistance." This Portuguese issue also features -- confusingly -- a 17-minute version of "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress Then Silk Blue" from 1970 (taken from the album Charles Mingus in Paris) with a band that included Charles McPherson, Jaki Byard, Eddie Preston, Richmond, and Bobby Lee Jones. This is packaged in a slipcase and designed to look something like a Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder disc. It has the look and feel of a pirate, but who knows?

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Back Up
UPC:
8712177048762
catalogNumber:
73131
Rank:
295537

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Paul Bley   Piano
Ted Curson   Trumpet
Eric Dolphy   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Max Roach   Percussion
John LaPorta   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Robert DiDomenica   Flute
Yusef Lateef   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Jaki Byard   Piano
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Sticks Evans   Percussion
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee   Trombone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Charles McCracken   Cello
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
Bobby Lee Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
Lorraine Cousins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Strayhorn   Composer
William Hogeland   Liner Notes

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