June 25, 2011 – 6:27 pm

Mingus’ Quintet toured Europe extensively in 1964. What a band. What a groove. What a tragedy.

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Stuttgart 1964 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, April 28, 1964. Recorded using onstage microphones.

The highlight of the 1964 tour was the quintet’s rendition of Mingus’ Meditations which was his attempt to musically think about the racial inequality that was uppermost in black America’s minds in the ’60s. This is one busy half hour with all soloists fighting to have their “voices” heard. In the middle, Byard, and Mingus each take turns or together play sad, mournful refrains. Dolphy joins in with flute near the end and shows he is as adept at chamber music. The full title is “Meditations On Integration (Or For A Pair Of Wirecutters)”. It is this piece that shows off Mingus’ classical music training. The track ends with a huge bang from Dannie.

Sadly, not much stage banter has been preserved from this concert.

By the time of this concert, trumpeter Johnny Coles had left the group after a sudden collapse on April 17. He was found to have had a perforated ulcer. It should also be noted that Eric Dolphy died after this tour. He died in Berlin on June 29, two months after this concert. It has been 47 years since the passing of this young man, who died at the age of 36.

In May, 2011 this show surfaced at the Dime site with its pitch corrected but missing the probable opening track - a piano solo by Jaki Byard. You’ll realise from listening that only this track comes from a vinyl source, that is, an old bootleg record. The rest come from a fine tape source that has now been pitch fixed by fLAMBAY.

It’s been a long time since the early days of electronic sharing when the famous site Sharing The Groove brought much joy to collectors worldwide. That is where we think we first got a copy of this show. We’ve now added the missing Jaki Byard track to fLAMBAY’s corrected and improved version.

All thanks to u014945, who shared fLAMBAY’s version on DIME, May 2011.

The Jaki Byard track is actually an acronym of “Art Tatum, Fats Waller, U-S-A”.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (First Set)
Track 101. AT FW USA 4:16 (Jaki Byard piano solo. You can hear vinyl clicks and pops) (6.8MB)
Track 102. These Foolish Things 7.38 (12.2MB)
Track 103. Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress 17:25 (28.5MB)
Track 104. So Long Eric 30:28 (49.9MB)
Track 105. Peggy’s Blue Skylight 20:50 (34.1MB)
Disc 2 (Second Set)
Track 201. Fables Of Faubus 43:51 (71.9MB)
Track 202. Sophisticated Lady 4:15 (6.8MB)
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Track 203. Meditations 30:40 (50.3MB)
Charles Mingus - bass
Eric Dolphy - alto, flute, bass clarinet
Clifford Jordan - tenor sax
Jaki Byard - piano
Dannie Richmond - drums


Of all the releases from this 1964 tour, only the two-volume Mingus in Europe on Enja and the Paris concert issued originally on Prestige are legitimate issues. The Prestige set, Great Concert in Paris, was reissued on Verve in 2004 on 2CDs. Click on the links to order the albums.

  1. 13 Responses to “SHARING THE GROOVE”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!!! now you’re talking. will get. dolphy rules! his b-day was a few days ago.

    i just watch this coltrane dvd from netflix, and dolphy is on it. he is also on this mingus dvd i got from netflix. i watched a rahsaan dvd too thurs from netflix. man, if you could post some rahsaan, that would be nice!!! i have a few of his albums in my collection. he was great. check out does your house have lions?. it’s a two cd compilation of his atlantic years.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 26, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i got all 8 tracks. i’ll work on zeppelin. thanks again!

    more mary halvorson!!! you know i’m sweet on her and carla kihlstedt. they’re the two nicest ladies i’ve ever met. they’re my buddies. jessica pavone is nice too. for my b-day, she sent me this disc below. if you click the link, you can listen to two clips. we talk on facebook. i write her every thursday cause we met on 12.2.10 which was a thursday in tuscaloosa, al, when the 13th assembly played at ferguson center theatre. i was talking to 4 years + before that on myspace and facebook. there are pictures of us on facebook. me and carla k, me and mary, me and jessica, me and taylor ho bynum, etc…


    By Ed Saad on Jun 26, 2011

  4. Interestly, BigO posted a show entitled “Fables of Faubus Live in Bremen (4-16-64)” which features what may be Johnny Coles last performance on this tour. Thanks for the addition of this show to my collection. I got to spend a few minutes talking to Charles and Dannie Richmond in Madison, WI during the time of “Mingus Moves”. I asked him about his “Beneath The Underdog” autobiography. He said his music and the book were all anybody needed to know about him. His wife, Sue, just laughed. Unforgettable.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 27, 2011

  5. Hi Bigo Team,

    thank you very mcuh for sharing this gig on Mingus. It sounds great. Best, K.

    By Kike on Jul 1, 2011

  6. Beautiful! Thanks so much for making this available, and, of course, for all the great music you keep posting.

    By Craig on Jul 4, 2011

  7. Thanks BigO! Mingus was a MONSTER talent and his music is monumental. Thanks for making this available!

    By Walter on Jul 9, 2011

  8. hey walter, do a search for mingus buenos aires. bigo offered a couple months ago. it’s good, but not as good as stuttgart. i wish there were some mingus and rahsaan shows out there. i only know of carnegie hall and the studio mingus album called oh yeah.

    also, do a search for cannonball adderely. it’s real good.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 9, 2011

  9. Thanks BigO.

    By coolius j on Jul 11, 2011

  10. Hey! I love this too!

    By a-guy-that-loves-miles on Nov 10, 2014

  11. Sweet….time for me to discover some Mingus (I’m a Mingalingus virgin)

    By BeBopALula on Nov 11, 2014

  12. Hi all. Note that Sue Mingus’s label has issued a two disc set of the Paris concert from April 1964, entitled Revenge!

    Meaning revenge on all the bootleggers who never paid Mingus a dime!

    By John Schott on Nov 11, 2014

  13. Well, after reading about Sue Mingus’ fearless efforts to protect illegal marketing of Charles’ music in the Nov. ‘14 Trackback, I can only urge people to search out these legit albums, which for me, a jazz neophyte, were the most enjoyable and worth every cent:

    Black Saint and Sinner Lady
    Blues & Roots
    Oh Yeah!
    Mingus Ah Uhm
    Pithecanthropus Erectus
    Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

    By Happy Camper on Jun 16, 2015

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