Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Charles Mingus - Trilogy (The Complete Bethlehem Jazz Collection)

Charles Mingus' three albums for Bethlehem have the misfortune of being sandwiched between albums like New Tijuana Moods and Mingus Ah Um. The music on these three discs, recorded in the mid-to-late '50s, is quieter and less volatile when compared to these other albums. Bill Evans' appearance on East Coasting gives the listener a chance to sample his style a few months before he went to work for Miles Davis. His non-bluesy tone and mellow approach would seemingly be the antithesis of Mingus' modus operandi, but it works well here. He kicks off "East Coasting" with his distinct touch before giving way to the heavy percussion of the ever-explosive Dannie Richmond. One of the things that separates even a conservative (relatively speaking) Mingus effort from its peers is the babble of instrumental voices on a tune like "West Coast Ghost," with horns bursting from one speaker while the drums and bass thump madly from the other. A Modern Jazz Symposium -- as has been pointed out before -- is not a symposium, though there is a wonderful spoken monologue by Melvin Stewart set against a backdrop of moody, colorful jazz on "Scenes in the City." With the exception of Gillespie's "Wouldn't You," Mingus has written everything on this second disc. The tempo of the lovely "Nouroog" fluctuates between a relaxed mood piece and an upbeat samba, and features nice solo work by trumpeter Bill Hardman. Two standards, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and "Stormy Weather," appear on The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus. The latter receives a fascinating kick-off by Mingus' bass and Jackson Wiley's cello, though trumpeter Thad Jones brings it all back down to earth with a somewhat typical interpretation. These discs offer an excellent place of entry for those who have always found Mingus a little too far out. Trilogy: The Complete Bethlehem Jazz Collection also offers a good one-stop compilation for any Mingus aficionado unfamiliar with these fine recordings.
Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/trilogy-the-complete-bethlehem-jazz-collection-r529351/review

Charles Mingus
The Complete Bethlehem Jazz Collection


Cd. 1

1 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter) 8:14
2 Minor Intrusion (Mingus) 10:23
3 Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler, T. Koeler) 3:21
4 Four Hands (LaPorta, Mingus) 8:59
5 Thrice upon a Theme (Mingus) 6:47
6 The Spur of the Moment (Parlan) 8:43


Cd. 2

1 Scenes in the City (Mingus) 11:55
2 Nouroog (Mingus) 4:51
3 New York Sketchbook (Elders, Hughes, Mingus) 8:55
4 Duke's Choice (Mingus) 6:27
5 Slippers (Mingus) 3:28
6 Wouldn't You [Unreleased] (Gillespie) 8:43
7 Bounce [Unreleased] (Mingus) 9:21
8 Slippers (Mingus) 3:51


Cd. 3

1 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf) 4:27
2 East Coasting [Take 4] (Mingus) 5:13
3 West Coast Ghost [Take 6] (Mingus) 10:28
4 Celia [Take 5] (Mingus) 7:54
5 Conversation [Take 16] (Mingus) 5:28
6 Fifty-First Street Blues [Take 4] (Mingus) 5:48
7 East Coasting [Alternate Take 3] (Mingus) 5:30
8 Memories of You [Alternate Take 3] (Blake, Razaf) 4:42


[Cd. 1]
Charles Mingus - b & p
John LaPorta - cl & as
Teo Macero - ts & bs
Thad Jones - tp
Jackson Wiley - cel
Clem DeRosa - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 1954
[Cd. 2]
Charles Mingus - b
Jimmy Knepper - tb
Shafi Hadi - ts & as
Bill Hardman - tp [#2 only]
Clarence Shaw - tp
Dannie Richmond - dr
Horace Parlan - p [# 2, 4 & 8]
Bob Hammer - p
Recorded in New York City ; October, 1957
[Cd. 3]
Charles Mingus - b
Jimmy Knepper - tb
Shafi Hadi - ts & as
Clarence Shaw - tp
Dannie Richmond - dr
Bill Evans - p
Recorded in New York City ; August 1957

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Anonymous said...

thanks, for the albums and the chronological placement therein

swamielmo said...

thank you melanchthon. nice to see you again.

Anonymous said...

Thank You

JazzFan said...

Thank you, Melanchthon!
Mingus was a very influential not only a musician, and a person. I think his personality is still insufficiently appreciated. These albums prove the greatness of his talent. Great albums!

rubberduck said...

Charles Mingus Bethlehem

I never heard the other 2 cd's, but East Coasting IMHO is a masterpiece, one of the top albutm of Mingus.

I can't wait to hear also the others....

thanks MEL

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, thanx for these Mingus' gems!
Really appreciated. Regards from Brazil.

jessouaffe said...

I had 2 of them, filling (thx to you again) a gap.
guess i'll like this as much as i do for the others.

Anonymous said...

thanks for brazil!

Arun said...

Thumbs up for your time and effort

Mr. Brunette said...

Thanks for your work. Everything here is very tasteful. Is there a password I must know I about? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

TheMoonDuster said...

You are, simply the second best person in the world. (the first is reserved for Mingus!) Thank you so much for all your work and posts, You have expanded my earmind in ways no one else ever could and I thank you endlessly for that!

Melanchthon said...


DJ Flipside said...

Hi Mel,

Thank you very much for the new Mingus teachings. The first two albums were easy as usual to get to, but the link to the third one is leading me to a lix promotion page after I put the 3 digit code
Am I missing something?

DJ Flipside said...

I was missing something! copy and paste let me down and skipped the last letter of the link. So , my mistake, everyone! Nothing wrong with the link at all. Amazing collection of Mingus. Thank you Melanchthon


Chris said...

Thanks Mel got a good copy of East Coasting recently keen to hear the others

Ананасий Непитин said...
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Ананасий Непитин said...

thanks a lot, dear Mel.
links are still alive and JDownloader 2 BETA works fine with them. no need to go to RS site or to use their stupid RS Manager.

thanks again!
never happens too much Mingus.

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Anonymous said...

Could you repost these?