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Mingus’ Great Concert Reissued

In case it slipped onto store shelves without catching your attention, Verve has reissued The Great Concert of Charles Mingus, the must-have live recording the late bassist made during his first European tour. The two-disc reissue brings us two previously unreleased tracks and puts the songs in the order they were originally played at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris on April 19, 1964.

With the help of Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, Mingus and his newly assembled group-Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Jaki Byard Dannie Richmond and Johnny Coles-went to Europes for a 16-day tour that included a dozen concerts and took them to Oslo to Milano to Paris. While the itself was both mentally and physically exhausting for the musicians, it produced some of the best performances from this small Mingus band.

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