Charles Mingus

Music Written for Monterey, 1965

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Following his big success at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, Charles Mingus's appearance the following year was a major disappointment; he walked off after a half-hour when he sensed that his time slot was anticlimactic and that the audience was not paying attention. A week later he performed the full program he had originally planned for Monterey at UCLA and this two-LP set (released privately by his East Coasting Records) preserves that concert. Most of the originals use a nine-piece group although Mingus at one point expels many of the musicians because he felt they had not learned his music well enough; that verbal confrontation is included on the record. There are some strong moments on this set (which often features trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer and altoist Charles McPherson) but this is an erratic if colorful effort.

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