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Audio CD, Import, March 30, 2010
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  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jazz Lips
  • ASIN: B0038AN1Z0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered two CD set containing the complete legendary 1964 Bremen concert for the first time on CD. Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy's complete long unavailable April 16, 1964 Bremen concert was originally issued only on three hard to find LPs. This splendid performance was the last complete concert featuring Johnny Coles with the group (he would collapse due to a stomach ulcer the following day while playing in Paris and had to leave the band). Includes 12-page booklet. Jazz Lips. 2010.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 28, 2010
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Two discs 57, 59 minutes each approximately. The sound, taken from recordings off the radio, is overall good, if ever-so-slightly flat. There are very occasional short sonic distortions which are of minor annoyance. Each musician can clearly be heard-from the bass to the higher notes of the flute. The booklet has background information on the Mingus/Dolphy tour of 1964 (the year of these recordings), and also touches on their previous recording history. Included are several atmospheric photos of individual band members. Thee are also short (a couple of sentences) explanations of each track.

This wonderful concert, originally released on vinyl is now, for the first time, released on CD. For those who are familiar with this band and the era, this set is worthwhile. If you're not to familiar with this great group, this set will open your ears to some great jazz. The band consists of: Mingus-bass, the great Johnny Coles-trumpet (hear his fine work on Blue Note Records), Dolphy-alto sax/flute/bass clarinet, Clifford Jordan-tenor sax, Jacki Byard-piano, and Mingus' best drummer-Dannie Richmond. This was the last complete concert Johnny Coles would play with the band, and of course, Dolphy would die in June of 1964 in Europe, which makes these recordings that much more valuable. This set has the same personnel (and some of the tunes) on the great set "Charles Mingus Sextet With Eric Dolphy, Cornell 1964" on Blue Note Records. There's also a 2 CD Mingus set titled "Revenge!", recorded in Paris on April 17th-the day after this concert, with the same band (and again some of the same tunes), with Coles playing on one track-another good release for Mingus (et al) listeners.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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There are so many faces to Mingus that it is hard to choose which one you like best, but his relationship with Eric Dolphy was one of the high points, and this remarkable CD captured that time in Bremen, Germany, shortly before they parted ways, sadly forever.

Mingus was a tough, uncompromising bandleader. He expected everything out of his musicians, even if it meant punching them in the face like he did Jimmy Knepper once because he couldn't hit the right note on his trombone. He would also scold his audiences for not listening, too busy clinking glasses or chatting with each other in the clubs. With Dolphy, their relationship appeared telepathic. Not much needed to said, as if Dolphy said very much to begin with. He always came in where Mingus needed him to, and seemed to carry the notes into other dimensions.

Dolphy became the star of these concerts, but of course Clifford Jordan was no slouch himself. Jacki Byard sounds like he had great fun, sometimes falling into a barrel house style of playing which was in keeping with Mingus' eccentric mix of rhythms. You never quite know what will come next. Dannie Richmond and Johnny Coles round out the band.

I think some of these songs have appeared on other CD's before. The moment where Dolphy says he is leaving the band to spend the rest of his time in Europe on his own, I believe came at Bremen. Sadly, he would fall a few weeks later from insulin shock and drift into a diabetic coma from which he never recovered. This CD serves as a beautiful testament to the last days of Mingus and Dolphy together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Koltek on November 6, 2013
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There's a caveat on the back: "This recording comes from non-professional broadcast tapes. Although the sound quality is very good throughout, some small imperfections are noticeable." Which, translated, suggests that the source was a tape someone made off the air. While the concert was recorded to 1964 European broadcast standards, there is some distortion in places that sounds to me like radio interference, as well as some occasional dropouts. The horns occasionally move off-mic, which is the fault of nobody involved in the production of this CD.

Of the 1964 European concerts I've heard by this Mingus group, the best in terms of sound quality is Wuppertal, Germany, issued on two separate CDs (and originally LPs) by Enja as "Mingus in Europe." Ironically, these are currently among the hardest to find, and from a concert that took place after Johnny Coles left due to health problems.

To anyone who is not a completist, I would first recommend "Cornell 1964," recorded by the band prior to the European tour and available on Blue Note, and the New York and Amsterdam concerts that comprise slightly more than half of Mosaic's recent Mingus box set.
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