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MINGUS QUINTET MEETS CAT ANDERSON – S/T
UPC: 8013252203022 (CD)
One of the most important figures in American jazz, Charles Mingus spent most of his career at the forefront of the avant-garde. This album, recorded in 1972 in Berlin with a superlative Cat Anderson on trumpet during a period of extensive touring, was made during a very productive time in Mingus life. He had spent the previous year teaching music and his autobiography “Beneath the Underdog” had just been published. In 1972 he also re-signed with Columbia Records and his music was now performed frequently by ballet companies, including Alvin Ailey who choreographed “The Mingus Dances” during a 1972 collaboration with the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company. Mingus continued playing music and touring until 1977 when he was diagnosed with a rare nerve disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis. He died two years later, in 1979, at the age of 56. Joseph Gardner (trumpet); Hamiet Bluett (reeds); John Forster (piano); Roy Brooks (drums); Cat Anderson (trumpet).
Track listing – Side A: 1. Celia (Charles Mingus) Side B: 1 Perdido (E. Drake/H.J. Lengsfelder/J. Tizol)