Town Hall Concert
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Town Hall Concert

July 13, 1994

Song Title
Freedom (Part 1) (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Freedom (Part 2) (aka Clark In The Dark) (1994 Digital Remaster)
Osmotin' (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Epitaph (Part 1) (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Peggy's Blue Skylight (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Epitaph (Part 2) (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
My Search (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Portrait (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
Duke's Choice (aka Don't Come Back) (Digitally) (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
Please Don't Come Back From The Moon (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
In A Mellow Tone (AKA Finale) (Live) (Digitally Remastered)
Epitaph (Part 1-Alt. Take) (Live) (Digitally Remastered)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 4, 1994
  • Release Date: July 4, 1994
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:08:28
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  • ASIN: B000SZBZN8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,267 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4.0 out of 5 stars review July 16, 2001
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most mingus fans don't like 'town hall concert'. they use words like 'unfocused' and 'rambling' and 'dull'. it does ramble, and it does lose focus sometimes, in the same way the best stories wander and explore little side-alleys on the way to the finish.
why take the shortest route between two points?
the compositions do lead in aimless directions. changing tempo at seemingly unnecessary times. the horns and strings are indeed 'out of sync' often. the uninitiated will think this is no better than a high school concert band.
but the attraction, for me, is that the players fall out of time, and then are able to fall back in while i'm still digesting the oddities.
it's a mainstay for me, but probably not a good choice for someone who's never heard mingus.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bad night April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
No matter what you do in life, we all know the feeling of having a 'bad day' or a 'bad night'. This was Mingus 'bad night'. Unfortunately, it was recorded and released. Tha band was not familiar with the material, and you can hear it here. There are good moments, specially when Dolphy and Clark Terry takes solos, but it is a difficult listen. Mingus fans need this of course, but if you want to listen to a good symponic Mingus go listen to 'Black Saint and sinner lady' and if you want a good live Mingus go get 'Mingus at Antibes'.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ellington, Goodman, and Stravinsky May 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one strange album that is always interesting, even when the sounds don't quite make it. At worse, you'll be reminded of an overly enthusiastic high school marching band, with its blazing horns that don't seem to fit what the rest of what's being playing. Other times, the rambunctious horns give this a nice swinging big band sound, and Danny Richmond's drumming sounds big and wild--almost like Gene Krupa.
It's a very Ellington-oriented album, though it's like Ellington ground up with Stravinsky: The instrumentation and orchestration often remind one of Ellington but the tempo shifts, the juxtaposition of phrases, and Mingus' indelible stamp give an almost psychedelic flavor to some of the proceedings. Other cuts are more conventional. The two parts of "Freedom," featuring Mingus' beautiful unique (and I think, beautiful) voice, are outstanding.
This session is famous for Mingus' exiting the "workshop" in disgust, and Clark Terry's "In a Mellotone" bringing the musicians backstage again. However, you can't discern that from this recording. As good (and bad-but-interesting) as this is, I can't give it the same category as "Ah Um," "Oh Yeah," etc., but it deserves a much better reputation than most give it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Failed Masterpiece July 26, 2000
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"The Complete Town Hall Concert" also known as "Epitaph" was to designed to be a larger than life jazz symphonic masterpiece, but ultimately it was a failure. There is a lack of cohesion to the performance, the musicians seem lost at times, and Mingus' compositions are uncharacteristically dull at many points. Even the posthumous tribute/remake "Epitaph" fell short of expectations. It was an ambitious project, but one that you can feel free to pass on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Mingus January 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
OK, I've heard worse music, but for the standards of CHARLES MINGUS I'm used to, this is a disaster... I have read about a catastrophic Town Hall concert before and decided to stay away from that album, but with time I forgot what was the name and place of the concert (and of the album)...
Additionally, I saw that Clark Terry, Eric Dolphy, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Zoot Sims, Britt Woodman and Jaki Byard are among the players.... Dolphy and Byard are great "Mingusians" (equivalent of "great Ellingtonian"),
Clark Terry is one of my favorite musicians and a great Ellingtonian as well (and we all know how fruitfully Duke has inspired Mingus). As for Akiyoshi - I have NO IDEA how she plays, but several jazz fans on the amazon forum praise her... So, to cut the story short, I bought

There are good moments here, don't get me wrong, but some tracks are rambling, some are underreharsed, some are cut short before they develop... All in all - a disaster. And, apparently, this is the improved version compared to the LP...
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