Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love

Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love

by Mingus Big Band
     
 

Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love marks the 80th anniversary of Charles Mingus' birth and is the seventh recording in a series that pays tribute to his music. The CD features the talents of the Mingus Big Band, a 14-piece rotating ensemble launched in 1991 by the widow of the…  See more details below

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Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love marks the 80th anniversary of Charles Mingus' birth and is the seventh recording in a series that pays tribute to his music. The CD features the talents of the Mingus Big Band, a 14-piece rotating ensemble launched in 1991 by the widow of the composer/arranger/bassist, Sue Mingus. The thematic focus of the CD is love and its ten love songs also mark the debut of the Charles Mingus Orchestra, which is featured on four of the songs. The previously unreleased "Love's Fury" features a stellar arrangement by Syl Johnson as well as the very lyrical compositions Charles Mingus never quite received recognition for. Known primarily for his aggressive bebop basslines, these rarely performed compositions are dramatically and beautifully voiced by soloists -- trumpeter Randy Brecker and Craig Handy on "Love Is a Dangerous Thing" and sung emotively by Elvis Costello on his newly penned lyrics for "Invisible Lady," and "Ku-umba" Frank Lacy on the blues-drenched "Black Saint & Sinner Lady." Best bets are the nine-minute "Passions of a Woman Loved" for its pure entertainment and swing value; the four orchestra pieces beginning with the beautiful ballad "Noon Night," a piece originally orchestrated by Günter Schuller for the 1989 Epitaph project of concerts; the title track "Tonight at Noon" for its horn arrangements and upbeat solos from Alex Sipiagin and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; the samba arrangement of "Eclipse," which makes this song a delight and a reason to keep listening; and Elvis Costello's passionate new version of "Invisible Lady." Boris Koslov and Andy McKee bring their bass lifestyles into each song with the spirit of a live stage performance and allow listeners to revel in their chord positions. This tribute tops previous efforts due to the inclusion of the new Charles Mingus Orchestra and Sue Mingus' tender focus on the gentler side of an artistic genius. A must-have for Charles Mingus enthusiasts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Dreyfus
UPC:
0764911663326
catalogNumber:
36633

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Performance Credits

Mingus Big Band   Primary Artist
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Vincent Herring   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dave Kikoski   Piano
Alex Foster   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Craig Handy   Tenor Saxophone
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Seamus Blake   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Frank Lacy   Vocals
Andy McKee   Bass
Michael Rabinowitz   Bassoon
Adam Rogers   Guitar
Bobby Routch   French Horn
John Stubblefield   Tenor Saxophone
Doug Yates   Bass Clarinet
Alex Sipiagin   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Kenny Rampton   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Johnathan Blake   Drums,Tambourine
Boris Kozlov   Bass
Wayne Escoffery   Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet
Jaleel Shaw   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ronnie Cuber   Arranger
Jack Walrath   Arranger
Dave Kikoski   Interlude
Michael Philip Mossman   Adaptation
Sue Mingus   Producer,Liner Notes
Gunther Schuller   Arranger
Tom Swift   Engineer,Mastering
Sydney Johnson   Arranger

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