Charles Mingus Pre-Bird (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) 180g LP

Charles Mingus

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180g Vinyl LP!
Remastered & Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from Original Analog Tapes!

This 1960 session falls historically between the astounding late-1959 work Charles Mingus did for Columbia Records and his slimmed-down piano-less quartet that made the classic Mingus at Antibes. Pre-Bird and the Columbia material share some common elements, most obviously the large ensemble. Mingus devoted these sessions to his pre-1940s material and other works from the pre-bop era, and two of the best-played works are from Ellington's pen.

Both "Take the 'A' Train" and "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" are taken at a distinctly Mingus pace, with Ellington's polyphony heightened and the tension increased considerably by the more-pouncing band here. "Prayer for Passive Resistance" shows the same pounce, as does "Mingus Fingus No. 2," and both sound looser and more free-associative in the soloing than the Columbia work. Two additional highlights are "Weird Nightmare" and the third-stream-colored "Half-Mast Inhibition" (conducted by Gunther Schuller), which keens and squirrels about just off-center from either tonality or atonality. As for the band, it's got all the usual suspects and more: Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin are the reed section's towering talents, and as always, Dannie Richmond keeps the drummed time. For Mingus fans, this is a treasure.

Seeking to offer definitive audiophile-grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises' audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets.


  • Acoustic Sounds Series Reissue from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises
  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the Original Analog Tapes
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
  • Stoughton Printing Gatefold Old-Style Tip-On Jacket


Tracks 4, 7, 8:

Charlie Mingus bass
Marcus Belgrave trumpet
Hobart Dotson trumpet
Clark Terry trumpet
Ted Curson trumpet
Richard Williams trumpet
Slide Hampton trombone
Charles Greenlee trombone
Eddie Bert trombone
Jimmy Knepper trombone
Don Butterfield tuba
Charlie McCracken cello
Roland Hanna piano
George Scott percussion
Sticks Evans percussion
Danny Richmond percussion
Harry Shulman oboe
Robert DiDomenica flute
Eric Dolphy sax
John La Porta sax
William Barron, Jr. sax
Joe Farrell sax
Yusef Lateef sax
Danny Bank sax

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6:

Charlie Mingus bass
Ted Curson trumpet
Jimmy Knepper trombone
Yusef Lateef flute
Eric Dolphy flute
Joe Farrell sax
Booker Ervin sax
Roland Hanna piano
Paul Bley piano
Danny Richmond percussion
Lorraine Cousins vocals


  1. Take the "A" Train
  2. Prayer for Passive Resistance
  3. Eclipse
  4. Mingus Fingus No. 2
  5. Weird Nightmare
  6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  7. Bemoanable Lady
  8. Half-Mast Inhibition

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