Charles Mingus: So Long Eric


So Long Eric



Mingus In Europe (Enja ENJ-3077 2)

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Charles Mingus (bass), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Clifford Jordon (tenor sax), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums).

Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: Wuppertal Townhall, Germany, April 26, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Listening to this performance reminds me of the weight of some of Mingus's compositions. Maybe it's because I've been listening to this piece for a long time, but it still blasts out of the speakers with the fury of Pamplona's running bulls. It starts so strong with the rhythm section really pushing Jordon's tenor solo, only to have the dynamics come down for Byard's lengthy section without any diminishment of energy. The leader solos next, with his usual dexterity and wit, followed by Dolphy's alto. The great reed-instrument eccentric unleashes a torrent of sound, including a humorous quote from Borodin that sustains the ensemble's fever pitch. Richmond's solo is dramatic, crisp and full of life, keeping pace with all the participants in this rollicking 23 minutes of great jazz. Sadly, two months later, after leaving the band to remain in Europe, Dolphy would pass on

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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