Magazine article IAJRC Journal

At UCLA 1965

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

At UCLA 1965

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Charles Mingus

At UCLA 1965

Sue Mingus Music/Sunnyside SSC-3011

Jimmy Owens (t, flgh) Lonnie Hillyer, Hobart Dotson (t) Julius Watkins (Fr hn) Howard Johnson (tba) Charles McPherson (as) Charles Mingus (b, p) Dannie Richmond (d); Los Angeles, CA, September 25, 1965; Disc 1 (41:50)

Opening speech/ Meditation on Inner Peace (octet)/ Speech introducing musicians/ Meditation on Inner Peace/ Speech/ Once Upon a Time, There Was a Holding Corporation Called Old America (false start)/ Lecture to band/ Once Upon a Time, There Was a Holding Corporation Called Old America (false start)/ Piano example: expels large group from band for mental tardiness/ Ode to Bird and Dizzy/ Speech: call band back/ They Trespass the Land of the Sacred Sioux. Disc 2 (45:41): Speech: introduction to Hobart Dotson/ The Arts of Tatum and Freddy Webster/ Speech/ Once Upon a Time, There Was a Holding Corporation Called Old America/ Speech to Lonnie Hillyer/ Opening speech/ Muskrat Ramble/ Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too/ Don't Let It Happen Here.

Restored to circulation by the expedient of transferring pristine LP copies of an earlier limited edition reissue, this is a fascinating document of the sometimes difficult process of creativity, at least when an explosive personality like Mingus is running the show. …

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