Mosaic Records will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Charles Mingus’ birthday with the Oct. 30 release of the seven-CD collection, The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65. The limited edition boxed set includes previously unreleased material that was recently discovered in the Library of Congress. Material is taken from Town Hall (NYC), Amsterdam, Monterey 1964 and ’65 and Minneapolis. Musicians on the set include Eric Dolphy, Charles McPherson, Jaki Byard, Johnny Coles, Clifford Jordan and Dannie Richmond.
In a press release, Mosaic founder Michael Cuscuna explained, “In July, we wrapped on our new set of Charles Mingus’ own recordings from 1964 and ’65. We had a hole in the 1964 Town Hall concert where the tape on ‘Parkeriana’ ran out after almost seven minutes. Sue Mingus scoured the archives to no avail and we ultimately decided to go with what she had. Masters were completed. Liner notes by Sue Mingus and Brian Priestley were done and we announced the set. Shortly thereafter, longtime Mosaic customer and jazz researcher Don Frese emailed us that, in fact, the missing Town Hall material was in the Library of Congress sitting in the Mingus archives and it contained the rest of ‘Parkeriana’ and an unissued ‘Fables Of Fables.’ So we set about gaining access to that material.”
It continues: “Around the same time, Remco Plas, another longtime Mosaic fan from Holland, chimed in that there had been a 1965 Monterey performance that had indeed been recorded and that one track was issued on Sue’s East Coasting label and that another track had been on an obscure Monterey Festival collection on Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso label. So we contacted the folks at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Stanford University where their archive sits. Pushing the parties along as fast as we could, we were able to retool the box, adding some previously released music and making it the complete 1964-65 Mingus-produced recordings with the exception of the 1965 UCLA concert that is still available on Sunnyside.”
The release will be limited to 7,500 copies and will include an essay and track-by-track analysis by Mingus biographer Brian Priestley, an essay on the history of Charles Mingus Enterprises by Sue Mingus, and many rare photographs from the concerts.
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