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East Coasting (Remastered 2013)

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Charlie Mingus’ East Coasting was recorded in 1957, the same year he laid down the classic Tijuana Moods (which wasn’t released until 1962). This lesser-known album features an excellent band that includes Mingus regulars—trumpeter Clarence Shaw, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, saxophonist Shafi Hadi, drummer Dannie Richmond—and pianist Bill Evans. The only non-original piece is the opener, Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf’s “Memories of You,” which has a fine arrangement and warm, buttery trombone from Knepper. The title track sports a fine head and swings in muscular Mingus fashion. On the bluesy “West Coast Ghost,” Evans and the horn players toss phrases back and forth with great aplomb. “Fifty-First Street Blues” opens with the rhythm section fashioning a strong foundation, before the horns—by turns smooth and stuttering—enter. Hadi steps forward and makes a compelling statement on tenor sax before Shaw lightens the mood with his trumpet. Richmond takes out brushes and a bell for the atmospheric “Celia,” which features Shaw’s muted trumpet and Evan’s intriguing piano. An underappreciated gem.

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WOW! A Jazz classic finally on iTunes!

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Born: April 22, 1922 in Nogales, AZ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century, creating a legacy that became universally lauded only after he was no longer around to bug people. As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. But had he been just a string player, few would know his name today. Rather, he was...
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