Charles Mingus Sextet: Fables of Faubus


Fables of Faubus


Charles Mingus Sextet


Live In Oslo 1964, Vol. 1 (Landscape (F) LS2 913)

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Charles Mingus (bass, composer), Jaki Byard (piano), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Dannie Richmond (drums).

Composed by Charles Mingus


Recorded: live in Oslo, April 12, 1964


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

When Jaki played with Charles Mingus’ group in 1964, Mingus gave him a long, unaccompanied solo on “Fables of Faubus,”, and Jaki liked to interpolate James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (The Negro National Anthem) within it. Anyway, what is profound about Jaki's rendition of “Lift Evry Voice” here is that he was performing the song in the mid-sixties in Europe. Protest music. Jaki made a big deal about segregation, and for good reason. Once segregation was abolished, he was so happy that he could sit anywhere he pleased. We talked about this during our lessons. It was clear that Jaki was politically motivated to make statements through his music. My band, as do many other bands, performs that song as a statement of the future. It’s still needed—as was widely publicized recently, Professor Henry Louis Gates, the African-American Harvard professor, one of the most distinguished scholars in the United States, was arrested for "breaking into his own home.”

Reviewer: Jason Moran

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