The Harlem Renaissance giant, four ways. Leonard Feather’s sextet, Charles Mingus with Horace Parlan, Bob Dorough’s hip Jazz Canto, and poetry readings by LH himself (including I Have Known Rivers). Lovely stuff.
Previously available only as a very limited pressing on Mingus Records.
One of his very best. (One of Ian Dury’s favourite handful of records.)
What a discovery. Better than the recently issued Paris and UCLA sessions and previously unavailable in any form, this is Mingus and a crack group at their astonishing best.
‘The jazz world has seen its share of compelling autobiographies but none to rival the quality of Beneath The Underdog. A shocking and brilliant book’ (Q magazine).
Mingus Three from 1957, bizarrely sleeved, with Hampton Hawes in fantastic form. (Heroine puts him to sleep at one point, and Sonny Clark takes over.) An all-time great piano trio record.
The Mingus In Wonderland and Mingus Revisited LPs, from 1959 and 1960. With Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Clark Terry, Ted Curson, Jimmy Knepper, Slide Hampton, Paul Bley, Yusef Lateef, Booker Ervin and co.
Sparkling Jazz Workshop session from 1955, including the first issue of Haitian Fight Song.
From 1954, with the under-rated John LaPorta on clarinet and alto saxophone.