Charles Mingus The Jazz Experiments Of Charles Mingus on LP
Verse Music Group and Naxos of America are happy to announce they will be joining forces to reissue the iconic 1950’s jazz catalog of Bethlehem Records. The label's lengthy discography contains over 250 albums that freshly and ambitiously captured an era of music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop. Their roster of artists included Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, and Duke Ellington among others.
For some of these legendary artists, the Bethlehem recordings represent their classic debuts, and still for others, their greatest recorded work to date. Each track has been restored from the original analog sound recording and was remastered to meet the highest level of clarity and quality standards. For the first time in decades, each of the titles will be available in their original configuration on vinyl LP. The label's progressive cover art truly revolutionized the jazz market and each release will also include fully restored, original artwork and liner notes.
The Jazz Experiments Of Charles Mingus is a fairly obscure collaboration between Charles Mingus and John LaPorta that contains both modern classical and cool jazz compositions plus Mingus’ piano debut. This six-piece set is highlighted by fresh arrangements of “What Is This Thing Called Love” and “Stormy Weather.” Recorded in 1954 for Period Records, the sessions were originally issued on two 10" records, titled Jazzical Moods. Bethlehem then acquired the material and repackaged and remastered it as this 12" record.
Charles Mingus (leader, bass, piano)
John LaPorta (clarinet, alto saxophone)
Teo Macero (tenor, baritone saxophone)
Thad Jones (trumpet)
Jackson Wiley (cello)
Clem DeRosa (drums)
Charles Mingus The Jazz Experiments Of Charles Mingus Track Listing:
1. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. Minor Instrusion
3. Stormy Weather
4. Four Hands
5. Thrice Upon A Theme
6. The Spur of the Moment