June 6, 2009 – 4:26 am

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Belgrade 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Dom Sindicata (Union Hall), Belgrade (Serbia), November 13, 1975. Very good radio broadcast.

In his biography, Beneath The Underdog, when asked “What would you do if you had your life to live all over again?”, Charles Mingus said: “I’d become a pimp, bigger and better than my cousin Billy Bones… I wouldn’t get involved with music or women at all, other than what they could do for me. My main motive for living would be getting money to buy my way out of a decaying society, that’s destroying itself while it tries to figure out what to do with the new kind of ‘black’ it produced.

“But I’d have nothing to do with black or white. I’d be a member of the raceless people of this earth. When one part of this uncivilised society got around to blowing up the others I’d be in some other country eating caviar and reading the news for the sole purpose of finding out where to move next to keep one jump ahead of the assholes who want to fight. But I’d keep me a loaded forty-five in event of any personal affront and my whores would be non-racist and agree fully with me and they’d carry forty-five automatics too.”

In a way, this show sort of encapsulates what Mingus said. Propelled by Jack Walrath’s trumpet with the famed bassist casting a watchful eye (and ear), amidst all that joviality there is a sleazy undertone, one that calls to mind darkened hallways and stairways; smoky joints and wheeling and dealing - this is not music to watch the world go by. Instead the listener gets the impression that Mingus is tearing the fabric of the music apart and trying to create something new. Again, there is that impending sense of violence that accompanies that force of creation.

Not really heady stuff, it’s more confrontational and certainly this is music that doesn’t allow you to sit still.

Thanks to the uploader for sharing these tracks on the Dime site. The uploader also insists that these tracks be shared in their original format, hence they are shared as MP2s (256 kbps). Most MP3 players should have no problems playing these tracks and the iTunes player can decode these into wav or aif files.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP2s. As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Sue’s Changes (cut at beginning) (35.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 02. Nobody Knows (14.9MB)
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Track 03. Cherokee (Theme) (1.9MB)

Charles Mingus (b)
Jack Walrath (tp)
George Adams (ts)
Hugh Lawson (p)
Dannie Richmond (dr)

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  1. 5 Responses to “MINGUS - BELGRADE 1975”

  2. Excellent concert!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Jun 6, 2009

  3. Thank You. Is this the band that include Adams & Pullen?

    By radenko on Jun 6, 2009

  4. Sorry. Seen the cover. Thanks.

    By radenko on Jun 6, 2009

  5. i’m glad i got this show. it’s short, but good. i played it 3x.

    years ago i had mingus at carnegie hall on gold mobile fidelity cd. i wish i kept it. rahsaan is on it. i have other mf gold cd’s that you just don’t see nowadays. i have a mobile fidelity aluminum pressing of miles-someday my price will come. never seen it again. i bought it back in 92.

    i wish bigo would put some sun ra shows!!!


    By Ed Saad on Jun 10, 2009

  6. i’m glad i got this show. it’s short, but good. i played it 3x.

    By rem cua on May 3, 2016

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