Take the 'A' Train

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Back Up
  • EAN: 8712177048762
  • Catalog Number: 73131
  • Sales rank: 392,637

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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