The Complete Debut Recordings

Charles Mingus

The Complete Debut Recordings
  • Release Date: 14 Sep 1990
  • Label: DEBUT
  • Genre: JAZZ
  • CAT # 12DCD-4402-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. What Is This Thing Called Love? 3:05
    2. Darn That Dream 3:41
    3. Yesterdays [Piano Solo] 3:08
    4. Body And Soul 3:37
    5. Blue Moon 3:36
    6. Blue Tide 3:13
    7. Darn That Dream (Alternate Take) 3:40
    8. Jeepers Creepers (Take 1) 3:39
    9. Jeepers Creepers (Take 2) 3:06
    10. Portrait (Take 1) 3:13
    11. Portrait (Take 2) 3:13
    12. I've Lost My Love (Take1) 3:03
    13. I've Lost My Love (Take 2) 3:04
    14. Extrasensory Perception 2:50
    15. Extrasensory Perception (Alternate Take) 2:44
    16. Precognition 2:46
    17. Make Believe 3:06
    18. Paris In Blue 3:14
    19. Montage 2:53
    20. Day Dream (Take 1) 3:44
    21. Day Dream (Take 2) 2:41
    22. Theme From Rhapsody In Blue (Take 1) 3:27
    23. Theme From Rhapsody In Blue (Take 2) 2:41
    DISC TWO  
    1. Jet (Take 1) 2:46
    2. Jet (Take 2) 2:37
    3. (Medley) You Go To My Head 2:44
    4. Can You Blame Me 2:50
    5. You And Me 2:49
    6. Bebopper 2:42
    7. Cupid 2:49
    8. Drum Conversation (Part 2) 4:39
    9. I've Got You Under My Skin 2:59
    10. Embraceable You 4:23
    11. Sure Thing 2:10
    12. Cherokee 4:53
    13. (Jubilee) Hallelujah 3:58
    14. Lullaby Of Birdland 2:31
    15. Wee (A.K.A. Allen's Alley) [Undubbed Version) 6:45
    16. Hot House (Undubbed Version) 9:09
    17. A Night In Tunisia (Undubbed Version) 8:10
    DISC THREE  
    1. Perdido (Instrumental) [Undubbed Version] 8:14
    2. Salt Peanuts (Undubbed Version) 7:36
    3. All The Things You Are (Undubbed Version) 7:14
    4. 52nd Street Theme (Undubbed Version)
    5. Perdido (Instrumental) 7:44
    6. Salt Peanuts 7:39
    7. All The Things You Are 7:12
    8. 52nd Street Theme
    9. Wee (A.K.A. Allen's Alley) 6:41
    10. Hot House 9:11
    11. A Night In Tunisia 7:35
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Bass-ically Speaking (Alternate Take 1) 4:02
    2. Bass-ically Speaking (Alternate Take 2) 3:52
    3. Bass-ically Speaking (Alternate Take 3) 3:52
    4. Bass-ically Speaking 4:01
    5. [Untitled Blues] 2:37
    6. Wee Dot (Blues For Some Bones) 14:25
    7. Stardust 5:01
    8. Move 6:56
    9. I'll Remember April 11:11
    10. Now's The Time 14:27
    DISC FIVE  
    1. Trombosphere 3:27
    2. Ow! 15:17
    3. Chazzanova 4:57
    4. Yesterdays 10:41
    5. Kai's Kid (A.K.A. Kai's Day) 5:29
    6. Pink Topsy 3:05
    7. Miss Bliss 3:05
    8. Blue Tide 3:10
    9. Pink Topsy (Alternate Take) 3:42
    10. Eclipse (Alternate Take) 2:59
    11. Eclipse 2:56
    12. Opus 1 (Alternate Take) 3:25
    13. Opus 1 4:11
    14. (Teapot) Walkin' 4:31
    DISC SIX  
    1. Like Someone In Love 4:06
    2. I Can't Get Started 3:40
    3. Spontaneous Combustion 4:18
    4. The Theme 3:42
    5. Split Kick 3:06
    6. This Time The Dream's On Me 3:09
    7. Zootcase 2:35
    8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3:36
    9. Pendulum At Falcon's Lair 4:43
    10. Jack, The Fieldstalker 4:33
    11. Stockholm Sweetnin' 4:14
    12. Low And Behold 3:29
    13. Bitty Ditty 5:15
    14. Chazzanova 3:43
    15. I'll Remember April 3:50
    16. Elusive 4:53
    17. Sombre Intrusion 2:48
    18. You Don't Know What Love Is 3:31
    DISC SEVEN  
    1. Like Someone In Love 3:49
    2. Peace Of Mind 4:05
    3. Lament 4:45
    4. The Jeep Is Jumpin' 3:59
    5. Git Up From There 4:28
    6. A Foggy Day 6:07
    7. Mountain Greenery 4:47
    8. Git Up From There (Alternate) 3:59
    9. Lament (Alternate) 4:59
    10. One More 7:31
    11. I Can't Get Started 6:08
    12. More Of The Same 5:15
    13. Get Out Of Town 8:46
    14. One More (Alternate Take) 4:01
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Get Out Of Town (Alternate Take) 7:32
    2. Ensenada 5:28
    3. Machajo 4:05
    4. Cherokee 4:20
    5. Seven Moons 4:06
    6. Seven Moons (Alternate Take) 4:21
    7. All The Things You Are (Take 1) 5:30
    8. All The Things You Are (Take 2) 4:15
    9. Cherokee (Alternate Take) 5:14
    10. Nature Boy 6:15
    11. Alone Together 7:17
    12. There's No You 8:05
    13. Easy Living 5:04
    DISC NINE  
    1. The Edge Of Love 2:49
    2. Makin' Whoopee 2:41
    3. Fanny 3:03
    4. Portrait 2:49
    5. Jump Monk 6:51
    6. Serenade In Blue 6:03
    7. Percussion Discussion 8:37
    8. Work Song 6:27
    9. Septemberly 7:04
    10. All The Things You C# 6:56
    11. I'll Remember April 13:14
    DISC TEN  
    1. Love Chant 7:33
    2. A Foggy Day 5:31
    3. Drums 5:33
    4. Haitian Fight Song 5:23
    5. Lady Bird 5:58
    6. Jump Monk (Alternate Take) 12:11
    7. All The Things You C# (Alternate Take) 10:49
    8. Drums (Take 1) 6:34
    9. Drums (Take 2) 5:41
    DISC ELEVEN  
    1. I'll Remember April (Alternate Take) 13:56
    2. A Foggy Day (Alternate Take) 5:36
    3. A Portrait Of Bud Powell 4:29
    4. Haitian Fight Song (Alternate Take) 5:24
    5. Love Chant (Alternate Take) 8:18
    6. Lady Bird (Alternate Take) 5:55
    7. What Is This Thing Called Love 2:32
    8. Latter Day Saint 4:02
    9. Cunningbird 4:48
    10. The Jumpin' Blues 4:55
    11. The Masher 3:35
    12. Latter Day Saint (Alternate Take 1) 5:25
    13. Latter Day Saint (Alternate Take 2) 3:47
    DISC TWELVE  
    1. The Masher (Alternate Take) 4:17
    2. Latter Day Saint (Alternate Take) 3:53
    3. [Untitled Original Blues] (Take 1) 3:57
    4. Stella By Starlight (Take 4) 4:00
    5. Stella By Starlight (Take 5) 3:55
    6. [Untitled Original Composition] (Take 3) 5:20
    7. [Untitled Original Composition] (Take 5) 4:36
    8. Autumn In New York (Take 1) 5:32
    9. Autumn In New York (Take 2) 5:08
    10. Long Ago And Far Away (Take 2) 3:26
    11. Long Ago And Far Away (Take 4) 3:14
    12. Long Ago And Far Away (Take 5) 3:20
    13. [Untitled Original Blues] (Take 2) 4:03
    14. Joldi (Take 4) 5:26
    15. Joldi (Take 5) 5:12
    16. Untitled Percussion Composition 7:21

This handsomely packaged and thoroughly annotated set represents the most significant early work of Charles Mingus: his complete recorded output as leader and sideman for the Debut label.

The 169 selections (including 58 previously unissued tracks) showcase Mingus with artists such as Pepper Adams, Art Blakey, Paul Bley, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Knepper, Lee Konitz, John Lewis, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Mal Waldron, and Kai Winding. The 40-page booklet features an informative essay by Ira Gitler plus session notes, photos, and discographical details.

A musician-owned and -run record company, Debut had been conceived as a means for Mingus and his partner Max Roach to get their own compositions recorded. During Debut’s seven-year existence, from 1951 to 1958, Mingus emerged as not only an indispensable player in company operations but a vital force in the music as well -- a giant on his instrument, an innovator in composition and bandleading, a mentor to up-and-coming musicians.

The music in this box, therefore, represents a fundamental chapter in the history of a jazz visionary.

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