<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>
<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>
<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>
<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>
<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>
<tc>Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)</tc>

Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus (Pure Pleasure)

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Charles Mingus (bass) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Charles Mingus]

Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Eric Dolphy]

Ted Curson (trumpet)

Dannie Richmond (drummer)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Candid

Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, on October 20, 1960 by Bob d’Orleans

Produced by Nat Hentoff

Originally released in 1961

Reissued in 2004

Tracks :

Side A :

1. Folk Forms, No. 1
2. Original Faubus Fables

Side B :

1. What Love
2. All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother


"…This record is required listening for any lover of jazz, even those who are generally shy of the more avant-garde sound of Dolphy mixed with the creative genius that always defined Mingus. It is a classic that deserves a place on the shelf along side of more accessible and better-known Columbia classics Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty…The original Candid pressings were first rate, and this re-issue combines all the strengths of the original with a better mastering chain and superior vinyl." Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 42

« Charles Mingus has a fascinating way of offering music that is grounded in tradition while remaining startlingly original. The freshness of a disc like Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, has the effect of rendering much of what passes for jazz as tedious. The band is small for Mingus, and includes Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Dannie Richmond on drums. It would be one of Dolphy and Curson's last recording dates with the artist, and they seem determined to go all out for it. The leader's bassline kicks off "Folk Forms No. 1," followed by Dolphy outlining the melody, and then joined by Curson. A simple riff develops into a lively New Orleans funeral march that's developed for 12 minutes. "Original Faubus Fables" is serious in intent -- a political attack on segregation governor Faubus -- but Mingus and Richmond's singing is difficult to listen to with a straight face. Still, this doesn't distract from the wonderful music. Again and again, the elasticity of the sound is fascinating, at once spacious with the bass and drums balanced against the brass and then noisy, with the horns wailing and crying. The last two pieces, "What Love?" and the outrageously titled "All the Things You Could Be by Now if Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother," are much looser, bordering on free jazz. The album accomplishes what the best of Mingus accomplishes: the perfect tension between jazz played as an ensemble and jazz played as totally free. » AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.


AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.57 / 5 ; Hi-Fi+:  Recording = 9/10; Music = 10/10

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