Charles Mingus: II B.S.
Charles Mingus (bass)
Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Impulse IMP 11702)
Eddie Preston (trumpet), Richard Williams (trumpet), Don Butterfield (tuba), Dick Hafer (reeds), Walter Perkins (drums).
Composed by Charles Mingus.
Recorded: New York, September 20, 1963
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
“II B.S.” is a slightly different – shorter and more concentrated – version of “Haitian Fight Song”, which Mingus recorded with a smaller band on The Clown in 1957. It is a great example of his sense of construction: dynamic, powerful bass intro, after which each instrument comes in, building the melody and harmony by touches with a strong, Ellington-inspired “jungle” feeling. Booker Ervin’s tenor solo is the climax of this “battle song,” which manages to be both supremely organized and bubbling with spontaneity, thanks to Mingus’s writing -- and to the backbone his bass and Perkins’s drums offer their colleagues all the way through the performance.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num
Tags: 1960s jazz