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Charles Mingus in Paris: The Complete America Session

Charles Mingus in Paris: The Complete America Session

by Charles MingusCharles Mingus


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The music on Charles Mingus' In Paris: The Complete America Session originally appeared on two separate LPs issued by America which were duly reissued by several labels as Reincarnation of a Lovebird (though not to be confused with the earlier album of the same title made for Candid). After a five-year layoff from doing any studio recording, Mingus was fully prepared for this 1970 session, with old hands Jaki Byard on piano, drummer Dannie Richmond, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, and newer additions Bobby Jones (tenor sax), and Eddie Preston (trumpet) making up his sextet. Most of the focus is on extended treatments of earlier works, including "Reincarnation of a Lovebird," "Pithecanthropus Erectus," and "Peggy's Blue Skylight," plus a loping, bluesy rendition of Charlie Parker's "Blue Bird" that lasts 18 minutes and never loses steam. The two shorter works come out differently; everything comes together on "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" but Mingus is clearly dissatisfied with the performance of his new work "Love Is a Dangerous Necessity" and is audibly heard stating "Cut it, cut it!" in the midst of McPherson's solo and the song abruptly ends. The soloists shine throughout the date, with no one musician trying to outdo the others. This two-CD set adds all of the other material recorded during this single-day session on a separate disc, including all false starts, breakdowns, incomplete takes, and rehearsals, so serious fans can figure out how the performances evolved in the studio. After battling depression and suffering financial problems for several years prior to this session, this outstanding recording signaled that Charles Mingus was on the rebound and still had much to contribute, until Lou Gerhig's disease ended his career and took his life prematurely later in the decade.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728306522
catalogNumber: 3065
Rank: 73554


Disc 1

  1. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  2. Reincarnation of a Lovebird
  3. Peggy's Blue Skylight
  4. Love Is a Dangerous Necessity
  5. Blue Bird
  6. Pithecanthropus Erectus

Disc 2

  1. Reincarnation of a Lovebird: Warm Up and First False Start [Alternate T
  2. Reincarnation of a Lovebird: Second False Start
  3. Reincarnation of a Lovebird: Third False Start
  4. Reincarnation of a Lovebird: Incomplete
  5. Peggy's Blue Skylight: First False Start
  6. Peggy's Blue Skylight: Second False Start
  7. Peggy's Blue Skylight: Third False Start and Rehearsal
  8. Peggy's Blue Skylight: Alternate
  9. Blue Bird: Incomplete
  10. Reprise
  11. Love Is a Dangerous Necessity: First False Start
  12. Love Is a Dangerous Necessity: Second False Start
  13. Pithecanthropus Erectus: First Take, Incomplete
  14. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Reprise)
  15. Pithecanthropus Erectus: Rehearsal
  16. Pithecanthropus Erectus: False Start
  17. Pithecanthropus Erectus: To the End
  18. Pithecanthropus Erectus: Mingus Explanations, Restart [

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Mingus   Primary Artist,Double Bass
Bobby Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Jaki Byard   Piano
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
Bobby Lee Jones   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Charles Mingus   Composer
John Keane   Packaging
Charlie Parker   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Martin Davies   English Translations
Pierre Jaubert   Producer,Audio Production
Stéphane Ollivier   Liner Notes
Bruno Guermonprez   Preparation for Reissue

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