The Charles Mingus Octet & The Jimmy Knepper Quintet


Debut Rarities, Vol. 1

  • Release Date: 18 Nov 1992
  • OJCCD-1807-2

The bassist-composer Charles Mingus (1922-79), like his idol Duke Ellington, experimented relentlessly with his compositions, forever seeking new instrumental combination, voicings, tonal colors, and rhythmic surges. The 1953 performances herein, with the exception of pianist Spaulding Givens’s “Blue Tide,” were composed by Mingus a decade earlier and reshaped by him for this often startling ensemble-plus-occasional-vocalist (Janet Thurlow, whose reading of “Eclipse… MORE


Here are 13 little gems from the treasure trove that is Charles Mingus--The Complete Debut Recordings. Recorded in 1957, a vintage year… More