Charles Mingus – Pre-Bird (Vinyl LP)


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Release Date:  2024

Label:  Mercury (Acoustic Sounds Series)


Track List

Side A

  1. Take The “A” Train
  2. Prayer For Passive Resistance
  3. Eclipse
  4. Mingus Fingus No. 2
  5. Weird Nightmare

Side B

  1. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
  2. Bemoanable Lady
  3. Half-Mast Inhibition



180-gram LPs pressed at Quality Record Pressings

Stoughton Printing gatefold old-style tip-on jackets

Series supervised by Chad Kassem CEO of Acoustic Sounds

Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes

This 1960 session falls historically between the astounding late-1959 work Charles Mingus did for Columbia Records and his slimmed-down pianoless quartet that made the classic Mingus at Antibes. Pre Bird and the Columbia material share some common elements, most obviously the large ensemble. Mingus devoted these sessions to his pre-1940s material and other works from the prebop era, and two of the best-played works are from Ellington’s pen.

Both “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Do Nothin’ Till You hear from Me” are taken at a distinctly Mingus pace, with Ellington’s polyphony heightened and the tension increased considerably by the more-pouncing band here. “Prayer for Passive Resistance” shows the same pounce, as does “Mingus Fingus No. 2,” and both sound looser and more free-associative in the soloing than the Columbia work. Two additional highlights are “Weird Nightmare” and the third-stream-colored “Half-Mast Inhibition” (conducted by Gunther Schuller), which keens and squirrels about just off-center from either tonality or atonality. As for the band, it’s got all the usual suspects and more: Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin are the reed section’s towering talents, and as always, Dannie Richmond keeps the drummed time. For Mingus fans, this is a treasure.

Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises’ audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets. The releases are supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.

Charles Mingus, bass
Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone
Charles McCracken, cello
Dannie Richmond, drums
Robert DiDomenica, flute
Harry Schulman, oboe
George Scott, percussion
Paul Bley, piano
Bill Barron, tenor saxophone
Charles Greenlee, trombone
Clark Terry, trumpet
Don Butterfield, tuba
Lorraine Cusson, vocals

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