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Charles Mingus at Montreux, 1975

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Charles Mingus at Montreux, 1975

Charles Mingus performing “Take the A Train” with Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone, George Adams on tenor saxophone, Benny Bailey and Jack Walrath on trumpets, Don Pullen on piano and Dannie Richmond on drums on about two years before he died.

Watch out for the sly signal about halfway through the song, when Mulligan asks Dannie Richmond and Don Pullen “to go dark” as he and Mingus preach in tandem. What follows is absolutely priceless.

Based in Canada, Raul da Gama is a Canadian poet, musician and accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically. Raul studied music at Trinity College of Music, London and has read the classics, lived and worked in three continents and believes that there is a common thread running through every culture on earth. It is this unifying aspect of humanity that occupies his thoughts each day as he continues to write poetry and critique music. His last book was The Unfinished Score: The Complete Works of Charles Mingus, a book that relocated the life and works of the great American composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, to the landscape of poetry. He is currently at work on a poem of some length.

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