Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Charles Mingus - Mysterious Blues (1960)

01.Mysterious Blues
02.Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams [Take 5]
03.Body And Soul [previously unreleased, alternate take]
05.Reincarnation Of A Love Bird [previously unreleased, alternate take]
06.Me And You Blues
07.Melody From The Drums [previously unreleased, alternate take].

Charles Mingus (acoustic bass)
Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute)
Charles McPherson (alto saxophone)
Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone)
Roy Eldridge, Ted Curson, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpets)
Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Tommy Flanagan, Nico Bunick (piano)
Jo Jones, Dannie Richmond (drums).


  1. This is the last of four albums comprising all of Charles Mingus's work for the Candid label, and it contains one previously unsuspected (and, of course, unissued) alternate take of great interest. For the rest, it gathers together material that was only

    Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City on October 20, 1960 and November 11, 1960.

    Although a Mosaic box set claims to have all of Charles Mingus's Candid recordings, this CD, in addition to four duplications from the box, contains three alternate takes not included elsewhere: "Body and Soul" (featuring trumpeter Roy Eldridge and altoist Eric Dolphy), the Dannie Richmond drum solo "Melody from the Drums" and a septet runthrough on "Reincarnation of a Love Bird." A fine introduction into the music of Charles Mingus, this set still cannot compare to the Mosaic box which has the Mingus's pianoless quartet with Dolphy, Richmond and trumpeter Ted Curson, but completists will have to acquire both releases.