Charles Mingus

Reincarnation of a Lovebird [Prestige]

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This excellent two-LP set features Charles Mingus and his 1970 sextet (with trumpeter Eddie Preston, altoist Charles McPherson, tenor-saxophonist Bobby Jones, pianist Jaki Byard and drummer Dannie Richmond) stretching out on three of the bassist/leader's standards along with his more recent "Love Is a Dangerous Necessity," a version of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and a 17-minute version of "Blue Bird" (a Charlie Parker blues). Practically Mingus's only studio recordings of 1965-71, these performances find the great bassist in fine form, pushing his sidemen to make original statements on the distinctive originals.

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