Charles Mingus: Celia

Celia Zaentz was the second wife of Charles Mingus and co-founder, with her husband and Max Roach, of Debut Records, a pioneering artist-run independent label. Those are the facts; now onto the impressions: this lyrical portrait has a magical economy. Within half a minute, the listener is completely transported. Evans, who would join Miles Davis’ sextet less than a year later, plays the role of conjurer. He opens the tune with an almost generic swing riff. It sounds familiar, half-remembered, triggering nostalgia. Then he interrupts himself—or deepens the reverie—with shimmering chords that extend the measure, out of time, signaling the dreamy main theme for alto, trumpet and trombone.

October 22, 2007 · 0 comments


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