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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.

Raul da Gama is a poet and essayist. He has published three collections of poetry, He studied at Trinity College of Music, London specialising in theory and piano, and he has a Masters in The Classics. He is an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep technical and historical understanding of music and literature.

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