CD West Coast: 1945-1949 (CD 205590),
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West Coast: 1945-1949

  • 1. Texas Hop, The
    2. Baby, Take a Chance With Me
    3. Lonesome Woman Blues
    4. Swingin' an Echo
    5. Ain't Jivin' Blues
    6. Baby, Take a Chance With Me
    7. Shuffle Bass Boogie
    8. Weird Nightmare
    9. Make Believe
    10. Baby, Take a Chance With Me
    11. Bedspread
    12. This Subdues My Passion
    13. Pipe Dream
    14. Mingus Fingers
    15. These Foolish Things
    16. Story of Love
    17. He's Gone
    18. Pennies From Heaven
    19. Lyon's Roar
    20. Say It Isn't So
    21. Boppin' in Boston
    22. Story of Love, The
    23. Inspiration
    24. Arranging the Intro to He's Gone - (dialogue)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2748

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Charles Mingus (vocals, bass); Oradell Mitchell, Everett Pettis, Claude Trenier, Herb Gayle, Helen Carr (vocals); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Art Pepper (alto saxophone, clarinet); Willie Smith, Bud Hooven (alto saxophone); William Woodman (tenor & baritone saxophones); Maxwell Davis, Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Gene Porter (baritone saxophone, clarinet); N.R. "Nat" Bates, Karl George, John Plonsky (trumpet); Henry Coker, Britt Woodman, Jimmy Knepper (trombone); Robert Mosley, Wilbert Baranco, Russ Freeman, Richard Wyands (piano); Buddy Harper, Louis Speigner (guitar); Red Callender (bass); Roy Porter, Lee Young, Chuck Thompson, Cal Tjader (drums); Johnny Berger (percussion).
    Compilation producers: Robert E. Sunenblick, Chuck Nessa.
    Recorded in Los Angeles, California between 1945 and 1949; San Francisco, California in February 1949; Hollywood, California in 1949. Includes liner notes by Andrew Homzy and Robert E. Sunenblick.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    This anthology collects a number of obscure 78s by Charles Mingus, many of which have not been reissued since they were originally released during the 1940s. Many of the vocal features are fairly traditional ballads, and Mingus was by no means an inventive lyricist, but it is the strong solos by the musicians within these tracks and the often rather progressive arrangements (even if their execution is not always perfect) that generally merit the most attention. One notable exception is Helen Carr's performance on the standard "Say It Isn't So," which opens with a superb bass solo by Mingus. Carr's sultry vocal is also accompanied by her then-husband Donn Trenner on piano; tragically, her only other recordings prior to her premature death were two records for Bethlehem. Among the instrumental tracks, "Shuffle Bass Boogie" is a lively 12-bar blues featuring Mingus at the forefront and fine solos by saxophonists Lucky Thompson and Willie Smith (two of the bigger names among the cast of lesser-known players). Buddy Collette's "Bedspread" is a mid-tempo swinger that is obviously influenced by Duke Ellington, and features some choice solos, especially by tenor saxophonist William "Brother" Woodman and the composer on alto sax. The exotic "Mingus Fingers," originally written by Mingus for Lionel Hampton, showcases Mingus in a boppish solo. Herb Caro, who died at 22, is heard on baritone sax on a big-band version of Mingus' "Story of Love" and on tenor sax in a later remake, which also features Eric Dolphy on alto sax and Russ Freeman on piano. Among the many other musicians heard on this CD are Roy Porter, Art Pepper, Richard Wyands, and Red Callender. Andrew Homzy's thorough liner notes and the many period photographs included provide additional insight into the early career of Charles Mingus. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (5/01, pp.62-3) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Here is Mingus at the very beginning, 24 years old and every inch a virtuoso, but still on the prowl for the persona that would give his music identity, presence, impact and legend..."
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