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Charles Mingus’ earliest recordings as a leader will be released at the end of this month by Uptown Records. Charles ‘Baron’ Mingus West Coast 1945-49 collects every track the great bassist/composer recorded for the obscure, independent labels Excelsior, Four Star, Dolphins of Hollywood, Fentone and Rex Hollywood.

Uptown has taken great care in presenting these rare recordings. Sound restoration engineer Seth B. Winner transferred the tracks from the original pressings and metal masters, cleaning up the sound of the original 78s. There is an accompanying, 96 page booklet that lists complete and accurate personnel’s and information detailing where and when each track was recorded. Also included in the booklet are photos of Mingus and the band members as well as reproductions of the original 78 labels.

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