Charles Mingus: Hora Decubitus

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Hora Decubitus

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Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Impulse IMPD-170)

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Musicians:

Charles Mingus (bass), Britt Woodman (trombone), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Jaki Byard (piano), Jerome Richardson (baritone sax), Booker Ervin (baritone sax), Booker Ervin (tenor sax),

Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (trumpet), Don Butterfield (tuba), Dick Hafer (tenor sax), Jerome Walter Perkins (drums)

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Composed by Charles Mingus

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Recorded: New York, NY; September 20, 1963

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Mingus was at the peak of his powers in 1963. First he set down his long-form masterpiece, The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. Next he recorded an album of introspective piano sketches. Then he entered the studio with a 12-piece band to explore his back catalogue, including “Hora Decubitus” (which had originally appeared on Blues and Roots as “E’s Flat and Ah’s Flat, Too”). Where the year’s earlier accomplishments were grave, this track is simply exuberant. Taken up-tempo, Mingus rechristens “E’s Flat” as a crisp swing ‘burner, with blues riffs piled on in rounds. The bass introduction, with its sliding octave leaps, is a key document of his command and technique. Dolphy’s insolent solo is priceless.

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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