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Mingus Big Band: Tonight at Noon

Mingus’ music was stormy and tumultuous but unabashedly romantic. This magnificent album gives full vent to the emotions of the late bassist and composer, with an emphasis on the subject of love. Besides the Mingus Big Band, which has just entered its second decade, the album also features the 11-piece Charles Mingus Orchestra, a group that includes bassoon, bass clarinet, French horn and guitar.

“Love Is a Dangerous Necessity,” arranged by Sy Johnson and played by the big band, acts as a prelude to the album. It gives a short but grand start to things. There are rich voicings and a strong theme plus passionate solos by trumpeter Randy Brecker and tenor saxophonist Craig Handy. Get ready!

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