Friday, November 12, 2010



A lazy man's stop-gap bloggin' this time: a YouTube clip. Though of course when it's this good, I have no shame in simply posting it and hoping at least someone will get something from having viewed it. It's the classic early '60s Charles Mingus quintet w/ the great Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet and flute, and when he breaks out into the raucous solo at about the 2:15 mark, it sounds like the heavens have opened. That's assuming the heavens consist of an avant-garde reed solo. The performance, sound and picture quality are impeccable, and it only serves to remind me that the man known as Charles Mingus remains one of America's finest contributors to post-war culture.

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