Charles Mingus Group - Debut Rarities, Vol. 4

Charles Mingus Group - Debut Rarities, Vol. 4
Album:
Debut Rarities, Vol. 4
Duration:
43:28
Genre:
Styles:
Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Recording Date:
April 12, 1952 & September 12, 1952
Release Date:
1994

This volume of Mingus material brings together three sessions from 1952 and 1953, all of which emphasize vocal material. The first set of arrangements leans towards a cooler side of Mingus, with careful brushwork from Al Levitt, airy alto lines from Lee Konitz, and the inclusion of a cellist. Max Roach handles the drums on the second session.

While there is no record of how the musicians felt about working with lyrics like "If you make believe with all the fine chicks/Then you're sure to get some crazy way-out kicks," presumably everyone was more enthused about "Paris in Blue," which features a relaxed and spare Jackie Paris vocal in a more distinctly Mingus-like setting. The third session runs straight down the middle, 1950s-style, neither overly cool nor anywhere near avant. Honey Gordon holds forth in a husky, Sarah Vaughan-influenced alto. She is joined by the rest of her singing family on "You and Me" and "Bebopper," a de rigeur vocal tribute to jazz hipster style.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Portrait / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:11
Portrait / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:10
I've Lost My Love / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:01
I've Lost My Love / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:01
Extrasensory Perception / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:48
Extrasensory Perception / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:42
Precognition / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:42
Make Believe / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:04
Paris in Blue / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus3:12
Montage / Charles MingusCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:54
You Go to My Head / J. Fred Coots / Haven GillespieCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:42
Can You Blame Me / Leonard Feather / Dexter Gordon / George GordonCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:48
You and Me / Leonard Feather / Dexter Gordon / George GordonCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:47
Bebopper / Leonard Feather / Dexter Gordon / George GordonCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:40
Cupid / Leonard Feather / Dexter GordonCharles Mingus Group feat: Charles Mingus2:46

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