Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mingus!
Charles Mingus, composer, bandleader, bassist
April 22, 1922-January 5, 1979
Better late than never for someone who, like Miles and Monk, Bach and Beethoven, I couldn’t live without.
Charles Mingus (bass) with Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute), Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), live, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, 1964*
There’s something about listening to Eric Dolphy that makes you feel glad to be alive.
—Cliff Preiss, DJ, WKCR (Columbia University), yesterday (Mingus birthday broadcast)
*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):
00:46-05:33 So Long Eric
05:35-11:20 Peggy’s Blue Skylight
11:23-32:03 Meditations On Integration
32:30-54:46 So Long Eric
56:30-1:11:40 Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
1:16:22-1:29:05 Take The “A” Train
1:30:05-1:33:55 So Long Eric
1:34:02-1:52:35 Meditations On Integration
1:52:40- 1:59:50 So Long Eric