Charles Mingus - Music Written for Monterey, 1965 Not Heard…Played Live in Its Entirety at UCLA
…Mingus leading an octet performing at the UCLV…the story of the title: Mingus had triumphantly performed at Monterey Jazz Festival in 1964, and returned the following year with a collection of difficult new material that he intended to debut there…Mingus’ set was truncated to a half an hour, and most of the set list was scrapped. A week later he premiered and recorded the material at UCLA, which demonstrates in raw, you-are-there detail why Mingus liked to refer to his live shows as workshops, where he could continue to rehearse new material (not written down for the other musicians) until he was satisfied with the spirit and sound…includes musical confrontations on stage, the difficulties band members experienced with brand new music, his own furies and, ultimately, his refusal to edit out the warts, to tell it like it was…fearless exposure of the creative process…Released by Mingus’ own label 1966, Mingus pressed only 200 copies before he ran out of money…the masters were destroyed in 1971 when Capitol cleaned out its vaults…was re-mastered from the original vinyl.
Band included Hobart Dotson, Lonnie Hillyer, Jimmy Owens , trumpet; Charles McPherson, alto saxophone; Julius Watkins, French horn; Howard Johnson, tuba; Dannie Richmond, drums; Mingus, bass.
Tunes included Meditation on Inner Peace, Don’t Be Afraid, the Clown’s Afraid, Too, and Once Upon a Time There Was a Holding Corporation Called Old America (a later version was titled The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive-ass Slippers), and a rare opportunity to hear Mingus perform on otherwise unavailable compositions They Trespass the Land of the Sacred Sioux, Don’t Let It Happen Here, and The Arts of Tatum and Freddy Webster, and arrangements of Muscrat Ramble and a be-bop medley, Ode to Bird and Dizzy. (Complete notes here.)