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“Lost” 1973 Live Charles Mingus Recording Set for Release

Jazz in Detroit, featuring saxophonist John Stubblefield, is out Nov. 2

Cover of Charles Mingus album Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden
Cover of Charles Mingus album Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden

BBE Music and 180 Proof Records have unearthed what are described in a press release as “long-lost intimate concert tapes” from Charles Mingus. The tracks will be released as Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden on Nov. 2.

Says the announcement, “Transmitted live by producer and broadcaster Robert ‘Bud’ Spangler for WDET-FM radio, these rare recordings from reels discovered by DJ Amir Abdullah capture Mingus during his week-long residency at the intimate Strata Concert Gallery in Detroit, 1973. This hard-swinging set features the earliest known recording of ‘Noddin’ Ya Head Blues’ and a rare inclusion of ‘Dizzy Profile,’ a beautiful waltz never officially recorded by Mingus for studio release.”

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