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Charles Mingus: Orange Was the Colour of Her Dress


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NTSC/Region 0. This DVD features excerpts from two different performances by the Jazz great: Norway (1964) and France (1960). Four tracks including 'I'll Remember April'. Salt Peanuts.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Mingus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Salt Peanuts Spain
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000R7GKYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Five HISTORIC Stars. This black & white video of Hall of Fame bassist, composer, and leader Charles Mingus' two different sextets gets 2 and 1/2 stars at most for its visual quality which varies somewhat between the three locations in Oslo Norway, Stockholm Sweden, and Antibes France, and while not sharp, it is good enough to clearly see what is going on. But it is the performances, the historic value, the very good mono sound, and the events themselves that take the review rating to five stars for fans, collectors and completists, despite the visual quality. And there are 3 extensive performances with long improvisations.

The potent 1964 version of the Charles Mingus Sextet features Clifford Jordan on tenor sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet, Jaki Byard on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums and it includes Hall of Fame reed and bass clarinet master Eric Dolphy in his last video appearance with Charles Mingus: Dolphy was leaving shortly to continue on a solo trip through Europe. Unfortunately, Dolphy would pass away 2 1/2 months later in Berlin Germany due to a gross medical mistake in a hospital. He was voted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame the same year. Adding to the value of the music herein, there is also an earlier 1960 Antibes France concert which features a stellar group including: Dolphy, Ted Curson on trumpet, Booker Ervin on tenor sax, Mingus & Dannie Richmond, and Bud Powell on piano, recorded in Antibes, France.

The music played has an atmosphere that is very characteristic of the typical Charles Mingus’ workshop performance. In Oslo, the Mingus ballad “Orange Was The Colour of Her Dress” gets extended excellent improvisational solos from Byard, Coles, and Mingus. Gillespie’s “Ow” is a nice, raw, abbreviated 3 minute collage of tunes saluting Dizzy and Bird.
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