Gunslinging Bird

Gunslinging Bird

by Mingus Big Band


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Gunslinging Bird

The Mingus Big Band had been together four years when they recorded this set while on a European tour. The musicians had mastered the great bassist's music, resulting in versions of a variety of Mingus classics that rank with the originals. The largely all-star 15-piece band includes such names as trumpeters Randy Brecker, Phillip Harper and Ryan Kisor, trombonist Frank Lacy, baritonist Gary Smulyan, tenor saxophonists Craig Handy, John Stubblefield, and Chris Potter, and pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. Each of the nine performances are exciting, both in the overcrowded ensembles and the solo statements, with the highlights including "Reincarnation of a Lovebird," "Fables of Faubus" (featuring Harper and altoist Steve Slagle), an explosive "Hog Callin' Blues" (showcasing John Stubblefield's highly expressive tenor), and "Started Medley" (based on "I Can't Get Started"). One can understand, listening to this single disc, why the Mingus Big Band began winning polls as jazz's top orchestra shortly afterwards.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/1995
Label: Dreyfus
UPC: 0764911657523
catalogNumber: 36575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mingus Big Band   Primary Artist
Kenny Drew   Piano,Soloist
Ryan Kisor   Trumpet
Gary Smulyan   Reeds,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Steve Slagle   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Craig Handy   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Soloist
Adam Cruz   Drums,Soloist
Philip Harper   Trumpet,Soloist
Jamal Haynes   Trombone,Soloist
Frank Lacy   Trombone,Soloist
Earl McIntyre   Trombone,Soloist
Andy McKee   Bass,Soloist
Chris Potter   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
John Stubblefield   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Lee Jones   Alto Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Ronnie Cuber   Arranger
Charles Mingus   Arranger
Steve Slagle   Arranger
Yves Chamberland   Executive Producer
Claude Ermelin   Engineer
Sue Mingus   Producer,Liner Notes
Gunther Schuller   Arranger
Christy Trotter   Artwork,Graphic Design

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