Charles Mingus In Paris - The Complete America Session

Universal Music s.r.o.
Release date
12 Feb 2007
Running length
24 tracks
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1 I Left My Heart In San Francisco 4:04 812
2 Reincarnation of a Lovebird 15:07 19,687
3 Peggy's Blue Skylight 12:49 23,375
4 Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (Incomplete) 4:34 20
5 Blue Bird 18:06 756
6 Pithecanthropus Erectus 10:35 32,328
1 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Warm Up And First False Start) 0:30 8
2 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Second False Start) 1:50 54
3 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Third False Start) 0:06 3
4 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird (Incomplete) 4:49 66
5 Peggy's Blue Skylight (First False Start) 0:15 2
6 Peggy's Blue Skylight (Second False Start) 0:15 4
7 Peggy's Blue Skylight (Third False Start And Rehearsal) 0:37 68
8 Peggy's Blue Skylight (Alternate (Fast Version)) 9:45 39
9 Blue Bird: Incomplete 4:11 120
10 Reprise 0:42 395
11 Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (First False Start) 1:06 38
12 Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (Second False Start) 1:49 60
13 Pithecanthropus Erectus (First Take, Incomplete) 7:33 61
14 Pithecanthropus Erectus (Reprise) 0:54 40
15 Pithecanthropus Erectus (Rehearsal) 0:35 60
16 Pithecanthropus Erectus (False Start) 0:09 2
17 Pithecanthropus Erectus (To The End) 10:02 27
18 Pithecanthropus Erectus (Mingus' Explanation, Restart) 2:17 23

About this album

The music on Charles Mingus’ In Paris: The Complete America Session originally appeared on two separate LPs issued by America which were duly reissued by several labels as Reincarnation of a Lovebird (though not to be confused with the earlier album of the same title made for Candid). After a five-year layoff from doing any studio recording, Mingus was fully prepared for this 1970 session, with old hands Jaki Byard on piano, drummer Dannie Richmond, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, and newer additions Bobby Jones (tenor sax), and Eddie Preston (trumpet) making up his sextet. Most of the focus is on extended treatments of earlier works, including “Reincarnation of a Lovebird,” “Pithecanthropus Erectus,” and “Peggy’s Blue Skylight,” plus a loping, bluesy rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Blue Bird” that lasts 18 minutes and never loses steam. The two shorter works come out differently; everything comes together on “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” but Mingus is clearly dissatisfied with the performance of his new work “Love Is a Dangerous Necessity” and is audibly heard stating “Cut it, cut it!” in the midst of McPherson’s solo and the song abruptly ends. The soloists shine throughout the date, with no one musician trying to outdo the others. This two-CD set adds all of the other material recorded during this single-day session on a separate disc, including all false starts, breakdowns, incomplete takes, and rehearsals, so serious fans can figure out how the performances evolved in the studio.

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