Charles Mingus – The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65

(7 CDs)

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We all know about small, medium and large. Coach, Business, and First Class. And then there's urgent, critical, and life-threatening. At Mosaic, we have three stages, too: rare and historically important; acclaimed milestone; and undeniably monumental epic masterpiece.

We've uncovered another one of those epic masterpieces.

We are pleased to announce "Charles Mingus - The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Town Hall, Amsterdam, Monterey '64, Monterey '65 & Minneapolis)." It chronicles the essential live performances of this genius of modern music as his compositions achieved a depth and complexity we would come to know as Mingus's most signature work. It includes (on the earlier recordings) the brilliant Eric Dolphy, along with Jaki Byard, Dannie Richmond, Johnny Coles, and Clifford Jordan -- certainly one of the best assemblages of musicians ever.

Mosaic's box set includes an essay and track by track analysis by Mingus biographer Brian Priestley, an essay on the listory of Charles Mingus Enterprises and rememberances by Sue Mingus and many rare photographs from the concerts. Like all of Mosaic's sets, our release is strictly limited to an edition of 7500. This is truly a find worth hearing, worth savoring, and worth collecting.

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