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East Coasting

Charles Mingus

East Coasting

...a colourful palette of sounds
BCP6019 (Bethlehem Records)
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Track Time Listen
1
Memories Of You

Memories Of You

Composer Eubie Blake
Band Charles Mingus
04:23 Play $1.70
2
East Coasting

East Coasting

Composer Charles Mingus
Band Charles Mingus
05:10 Play $3.40
3
West Coast Ghost

West Coast Ghost

Composer Charles Mingus
Band Charles Mingus
10:23 Play $5.10
4
Celia

Celia

Composer Charles Mingus
Band Charles Mingus
07:50 Play $3.40
5
Conversation

Conversation

Composer Charles Mingus
Band Charles Mingus
05:25 Play $3.40
6
Fifty-First Street Blues

Fifty-First Street Blues

Composer Charles Mingus
Band Charles Mingus
05:48 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 39 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Featuring 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. This album stretches the boundaries of bop, is never predictable and is a very stimulating and engaging Charles Mingus release.

This album is licensed for download from Bethlehem Records. 

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'Opening with a three-a.m. walk down a city street with a particular lonely take on the standard "Memories Of You," this reissue of one of Mingus' less acclaimed releases instantly shows its superior mastering quality- aiding the dynamic sections without feeling the need to compress.There is still a rawness and a static in the recording, however, that gives a vibrancy and a veracity that is needed in any true jazz album.

The focus here is on contrast, seemingly. Soft sections can move swiftly and often unexpectedly into more upbeat and frenetic moods. Many solos are taken, of course, but the feel gravitates more towards the sequencing of disparate parts together to find a more fulfilling format than chorus-solo-chorus.

This kind of approach is ubiquitous, but pervasive nonetheless. The wonderful dynamics of "West Coast Ghost" are ceaselessly intriguing in their construction, such as moving from Shafi Hadi's tasteful, bodied tenor solo into Bill Evans' distant and haunting turn. East Coasting's title cut works on a more upbeat dynamic, with startling shifts as well. The marvelous 'Conversation' is a very funky number; the instruments that are indeed quite conversational in a Peanuts "adults speaking" way.

Mingus' East Coasting features some of his finest collaborators-a young Evans, for instance, who displays a more aggressive style on this recording than he did less than a year later with Miles Davis. Trumpeter Clarence Shaw and sax player Hadi both display formidable skill despite their relative obscurity both before and after this release.

An excellent reissue of an exceptional album; hats off to Bethlehem for their approach to this new series of underrated material.'

Patrick Slevin, The Aquarian Weekly

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