Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Teo Macero (conductor); Bill Cosby, Honey Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie (vocals); Richie Perri (alto saxophone, flute); George Dorsey, Lee Konitz, Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); Bobby Jones (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Jon Faddis, Lloyd Michaels, Eddie Preston, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet); Eddie Bert (tenor trombone); Sharon Moe, Dick Berg (French horn); Bob Stewart (tuba); James Moody (flute); Randy Weston, John Foster (piano); Milt Hinton (bass); Joe Chambers (drums).
Producer: Teo Macero
Reissue producers: Bob Belden, Sy Johnson, Bill Kirchner.
Recorded at the Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall, New York, New York on February 4, 1972. Includes liner notes by Bill Cosby, Sy Johnson, Julie Lokin, Art Weiner, Mort Goode and Steve Berowitz.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology.
This wintry evening at Lincoln Center was the inimitable Mingus' first New York gig in nearly a decade. Sharing the stage with stellar friends like Diz, Lee Konitz and Milt Hinton, our duke of the lower register transcends what had been recent illness and carries the band to glorious heights. Conducted by the great Teo Macero and arranged by Sy Johnson, the music easily transcends well-meaning MC Bill Cosby's corny announcements and blazes with Mingus' "terribly beautiful" brand of romanticism.
Apparently performed with no charts, "Jump Monk" opens the show brilliantly with a thrilling series of exchanges between the horns and a healthy dose of in-the-moment joy. "Ecclusiastics" swings with a weathered heart that ultimately emerges like a Sunday morning epiphany, full of deftly executed tempo changes that throb and jump and crooning sax work by Gene Ammons and Charlies McPherson. A true culmination of all the raucous swinging, musical tenderness and careful discipline for which Mingus was known.
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