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Rarities 1946-1977
with Duke Ellington orchestra Playing The Clown [no label, 2CD]
Live and studio tracks; various dates and venues. Fairly to very good audio.

For the collector, helps to fill up a few gaps.

Thanks to u014945 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1 [80 mins]
Storyville, Boston; November 6, 1951
Track 101. What is this Thing Called Love? 5:41
Track 102. I am Beginning to see the Light 5:30
Track 103. Laura 4:19
Track 104. Lady Bird 5:42
Track 105. Schizophrenic Samovar (Tea for Two) 7:25
Track 106. Trois Petits Mots Trois Mots Petit 3:30

Billy Taylor Trio
Billy Taylor - piano
Charles Mingus - bass
Marquis Foster - drums
(Nat Hentoff Intro)

1946 California; originally released as Indigo 100 (78 rpm)
Track 107. Got No Lead In My Pencil 2:51
Track 108. Let’s Go Again 3:01

Darby Hicks Quartet
“The Lead Man” - vocals 1
Carolyn Richards - vocals 2
Darby Hicks - piano
Buddy Harper - guitar
Buddy Collette - sax
Charles Mingus - bass

Los Angeles; November 3, 1947; 78 rpms released by Decca
Track 109. Goldwyn Stomp 2:39
Track 110. Red Top 2:55
Track 111. Giddy Up 3:04

Leo Sheppard, Duke Garrette, Wendell Culley, Teddy Buckner, Snooky Young -
Andrew Penn, James Robinson, Britt Woodman, James Wormick - trombones
Bobby Plater, Ben Kynard - alto sax
Jack Kelso - clarinet, alto sax
Morris Lane, John Sparrow - tenor sax
Charlie Fowlkes - baritone sax
Lionel Hampton - vibraphone
Milt Buckner - piano
Billy Mackel - guitar
Joe Comfort, Charles Mingus - bass
Earl Walker - drums

Outtakes, Audio-Video Studios, NYC; February 13, 1957
Track 112. The Clown Outtakes - Part A 13:08
Track 113. The Clown Outtakes - Part B 8:42
Track 114. The Clown Outtakes - Part C 10:54
[Tracks arbitrarily split for easier access]

Charles Mingus - bass
Jimmy Knepper - trombone
Shafi Hadi - tenor sax
Wade Legge - piano
Dannie Richmond - drums
Jean Shepherd - narration

Disc 2 [72 mins]
Cafe Bohemia, Greenwich Village, NYC 1957
Track 201. Confirmation 5:02
Track 202. Just Bohemia/Intro 1:35
Track 203. What Is This Thing Called Love? 3:19

Charles Mingus - bass
Jackie McLean - alto sax
Donald Byrd, Bill Hardman or Clarence Shaw - trumpet
Phineas Newborn - piano on What´s This Thing Called Love
unidentified piano player on the first two tracks
unidentified guitar player
Dannie Richmond - drums

Village Gate NYC; September 10, 1965
Track 204. The Arts Of Tatum and Freddie Webster 5:31
Track 205. Don’t Let It Happen Here 3:14

Charles Mingus - bass, piano, narration
Hobart Dotson - trumpet
Lonnie Hillyer - trumpet
Jimmy Owens - trumpet, fluegelhorn
Julius Watkins - french horn
Howard Johnson - tuba
Charles McPherson - alto sax
Dannie Richmond - drums

Most likely from 1971
Mingus talks about the Village Gate and Monterey 1965 performances.
Track 206. Interview, probably from 1971

Zellerbach Auditorium, University Of California, Berkeley, CA; September 29, 1969
Track 207. Introductory remarks by Duke Ellington 1:19
Track 208. The Clown 9:57
Track 209. Mingus Interview 3:54

The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
This is the only recorded “collaboration” between Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus apart from the “Money Jungle” album. The recording is Duke playing and narrating “The Clown”. Mingus was supposed to conduct Ellington’s orchestra, but chickened out, hiding on the balcony.

Ed Sullivan show; January 24, 1971
Track 210. Haitian Fight Song 4:59

Roland Kirk - tenor, manzello, stritch, flute
Charles Mingus - bass
Archie Shepp - tenor sax
Roy Haynes - drums
plus the house band

Record Plant Studios, NYC; May 1, 1977
Takes 9 and 12 officially released not present here
Track 211. Solo piano Wedding March take 1 2:44
Track 212. Solo piano Wedding March take 2-3 2:56
Track 213. Solo piano Wedding March take 4-5 2:31
Track 214. Solo piano Wedding March take 6-7-8 1:14
Track 215. Solo piano Wedding March take 10-11-13 1:26
Track 216. Guitar and Bass outtakes 4:29

10th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976
Track 217. Themes From A Movie 4:34

Charles Mingus: solo piano

Solís Theatre, Montevideo, Uruguay; May 31, 1977
Track 218. Noddin’ Ya Head Blues 10:49

Charles Mingus - bass
Ricky Ford - tenor sax
Jack Walrath - trumpet
Robert Neloms - piano
Dannie Richmond - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “JAZZ ON NEW YEAR’S DAY: CHARLES MINGUS - RARITIES 1946-1977”

  2. ..Many thanks for these great Charles Mingus tracks, so very much appreciated! Happy New Year BigO, thanks for the great site, the splendid music, and for all you do..Greetz from Stateside..

    By Beega on Jan 1, 2017

  3. YEEEEEEEEEAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Happy Camper on Jan 1, 2017

  4. Hi
    Clicking on the ‘front’ artwork takes you to the back artwork.
    Can you check it out please?

    Thanks, and a happy new year to you.

    By Daij on Jan 1, 2017

  5. Man O Man!! Solid Gold!! Hog heaven!!

    By Happy Camper on Jan 1, 2017

  6. Hello Daij

    Kindly refresh the page and try again. And a Happy New Year to you (and everyone else) too.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 1, 2017

  7. Whoever typed in the information for each track - man, thanks so much! I was wondering how to best sort this all out, but it was already done for us. THANKS. What a great 1/1 treat to start off the New Year.

    By Bodhisan on Jan 1, 2017

  8. Jazz On Sunday gets a special Jazz On New Year’s Day treatment with this treasure chest from Charles Mingus ! For 2017 may we have fewer musicians dying and fewer rude comments posted.


    By TDC on Jan 1, 2017

  9. Track 106 should read as “Trois Petits Mots” (Three Little Words)

    By mrbelette on Jan 2, 2017

  10. Always great to have some fresh Mingus! Thanks, BigO!

    By Walter on Jan 3, 2017

  11. The Clown outtakes here are interesting; there’s no mention of them existing in the detailed listing of sessions in the Mingus box. But then again, there was a fire at Atlantic’s tape facility in the 70s so I assume the masters don’t exist any longer. Thanks for sharing, it’s cool to hear these!

    By Milner on Jan 6, 2017

  12. best part of these posts is the millenials don`t bother with jazz so there is intelligent discussion instead of porn banter. thanks for the mingus.

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 6, 2017

  13. sarge, agreed! A criminally overlooked but powerful mid-70s Mingus album is “Cumbia & Jazz Fusion” (esp. side 1).

    By Happy Camper on Jan 7, 2017

  14. Big O …im many years a fan, continued thanks…and per the best (show) new years compliment I’ve heard: no need to improve, just keep doing what you are doing, please!

    By regular stairs on Jan 8, 2017

  15. Hi Big O - I’m playing catch up; haven’t been here in a while and this was a great way to start the New Year. Would be great if you could unearth the 1977 New Orleans Festival recording that was broadcast in the U.S. on Jazz Alive ca. 1978. (It was the year after the solo piano track featured above.) Includes an incredible version of Cumbia Jazz Fusion. I used to have it but it was misplaced (sigh). Even though it was shortly before he was diagnosed with a fatal illness, he still sounded like the vital and challenging bandleader he was at the best of times.

    By treborij on Mar 12, 2017

  16. Hi Big O,

    Any possibility of re-uploading these recordings. Mingus is one of my favorite musicians, and I always enjoy his live performances. Thanks!

    By Steve on Jun 17, 2018

  17. I am also interested in a re-up if that is possible

    By Buzz Kettles on Jul 2, 2018

  18. I am also interested in a reup, if that is possible

    By Buzz Kettles on Jul 2, 2018

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