Naxos, 2007, DVD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: This video features bassist Charles Mingus in Europe during 1964! They open in Belgium with Jaki Byard (p), Dannie Richmond (d), Clifford Jordan (ts), and Eric Dolphy (as, fl). Johnny Coles (t) is there in Sweden and Norway. What makes these sessions exciting is the freedom Mingus gives each of them to solo and the encouragement he and Richmond provide though meter changes and the like. There is an incredible amount of energy here. It was Dolphy’s farewell with Mingus as he decided to take up residence in Europe following this tour. It is perhaps the best of Mingus’ bands.
Publicist: Bloom Media Relations