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LP (Item 15545) Savoy, 1954 — Condition: Used
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A classic session of modernist jazz – and some of Mingus most groundbreaking early work! The album was recorded for Savoy with 2 different groups – one's got Mingus leading John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor, and Mal Waldron on piano, and the other group's a quartet with Macero, Kenny Clarke, and Wally Cirillo. The set marks a strong shift for Mingus – into tightly composed tracks that arc out in complex lines, hinting at the ferocity of later years – and it offers a showcase for a strong set of soloists carefully picked to match Mingus' rich vision. Titles include "Gregarian Chant", "Rose Geranium", "Purple Heart", "Transeason", "Smog L.A.", and "Level Seven". (Red label pressing, deep groove, with RVG etch! Label and back cover have a "sample" stamp – and back cover has a few notes in pen. One corner also has a bit of seam splitting – but for an early pressing, this one's in nice shape.)  © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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