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Charles Mingus: Epitaph
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1) Main Score: Part One 2) Percussion Discussion 3) Main Score: Part Two 4) Started Melody 5) The Soul 6) Untitled Ballad 7) Moods In Mambo 8) Self Portrait: The Chill Of Death 9) O.P. (Oscar Pettiford) 10) Please Don't Come Back From The Moon 11) Monk, Bunk And Vice Versa 12) Peggy's Blue Skylight 13) Wolverine Blues 14) The Children's Hour Of Dream 15) Freedom 16) Untitled Interlude 17) Better Get Hit In Your Soul 18) Noon Night 19) Main Score Reprise
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The nearly two hour composition consists of 18 movements or sections. Several of these are re-orchestrated, expanded versions of well-known Mingus songs. Others were conceived directly for a large 30 piece ensemble. The history of EPITAPH is not well-known, but it appears that Mingus worked on it intermittently for most of his career. Most of the score was intact, although Gunther Schuller--who ably conducts the orchestra--apparently had to piece together a few loose ends. Schuller's original, informative liner notes from the CD are included.
Overall, this is quintessential Mingus, with the remarkable gutsy sound, driving energy, and powerful punctuations you'd hope for and expect. Key soloists include Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis (trumpets), Bobby Watson, John Handy, George Adams (saxophones), Sir Roland Hanna and John Hicks (pianos). But, heck, all 30 of these talented players solo at various times. One 11 minute section includes nearly 100 little solos, providing "an ever changing kaleidoscope of instrumental color" (Schuller). Throughout most of the piece, everyone appears to be playing to a tight score (with limited improvisation), and the writing is ingenious, with ideas and sounds rarely heard in jazz.
A terrific performance of incredible music.
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