Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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 G√ľnter 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.
Downbeat
It's just good jazz played well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • UPC: 764911663326
  • Catalog Number: 36633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is a Dangerous Necessity (3:31)
  2. 2 Noon Night - Charles Mingus Orchestra (4:09)
  3. 3 Tonight at Noon - Charles Mingus Orchestra (5:57)
  4. 4 Eclipse - Charles Mingus Orchestra (6:06)
  5. 5 Invisible Lady - Charles Mingus Orchestra (7:12)
  6. 6 Passions of a Woman Loved (9:26)
  7. 7 Sweet Sucker Dance (6:56)
  8. 8 Devil Woman (5:51)
  9. 9 Love's Fury (6:17)
  10. 10 The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (16:45)
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Album Credits

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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