A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric
Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston through his thoughtful performance – almost more expressive acted than the usual poetic recitation – which really fits the spirit of the instrumental backing, arranged and directed by guitarist Larry Simon, with great piano from David Amram, plus reeds from Don Davis, drums from Mike Barron, and Hammond from Scip Gallant. The set's not just a rehash of late 50s jazz/
poetry experiments – as it's got a very contemporary, very individual feel – thanks to both the talents of Simon and Mingus, who maybe make the whole thing work at the high creative power of some of the best Americ
an Clave projects of this nature. Titles include "The Dream Keeper", "Neighbor", "Daybreak In Americ
a", "Reverie On The Harlem River", "Sylvester's Dying Bed", "Democracy", "Railroad Avenue", and "Life Is Fine".