Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)
Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)
Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)
Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)
Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)
Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)

Charles Mingus - East Coasting (Mono)

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Shafi Hadi (Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone), Charles Mingus (Bass), Dannie Richmond (Drums), Bill Evans (Piano), Jimmy Knepper (Trombone), Clarence Shaw (Trumpet)

Written by Charles Mingus (A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3), Eubie Blake (A1, B4), Andy Razaf (A1, B4)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press: Unspecified

Label: Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded 6th August 1957 in New York City

Produced by: George Avakian

Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in 2014


Tracks :

Side A : 

  1. Tribal Dance
  2. Temple Bells
  3. Is It Really The Same
  4. Here There & Everywhere

Side B : 

  1. Love-In
  2. Sunday Morning
  3. Memphis Dues Again/Island Blues


Reviews :

« One of Charles Mingus' lesser-known band sessions, this lyrical set of five originals (plus the standard "Memories of You") features his usual sidemen of the period (trombonist Jimmy Knepper, trumpeter Clarence Shaw, Shafi Hadi on tenor and alto, and drummer Dannie Richmond), along with pianist Bill Evans. The music stretches the boundaries of bop, is never predictable and, even if this is not one of Mingus' more acclaimed dates, it is well worth acquiring for the playing is quite stimulating. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Charles Mingus is usually known for his wild, soulful and avant-garde compositions. "East Coasting" is mellow by comparison, but it still cooks on a musical level. The Mingus touches are there; the trombone, drummer Danny Richmond and of course the dark emotional undercurrent looms large, too. The personnel are all Mingus regulars, except for pianist Bill Evans, who would not be described as "soulful" in the traditional sense, but his introverted and sensitive style works well with Mingus's music. His playing on "West Coast Ghost" (the album's stand-out track) and "Celia" are two examples of Evans' ability to understand an artist's musical vision and play accordingly in his own beautifully original style.

"East Coasting" sounds like the prototypical 1950s jazz recording. It's something one would hear in an attic converted to a bedroom where an artist or lonely soul might live. It's what a lot of people might believe Jazz would or should sound like. Highly recommended to Jazz lovers and perhaps more importantly- to young people who have just been blown away by Kerouac's novel "On the Road" and have become interested in exploring Jazz. "East Coasting" will allow them to get a taste of lost creative America. S. Wynn


Ratings :

AllMusic: 4 / 5   , Discogs : 4.36 / 5  , Rate your Music : 3.54 / 5

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