Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus – Stormy Weather (1960)

At this time Mingus was working regularly with a piano-less quartet featuring Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond, as heard on the Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus album also recorded in November 1960. The Mingus album features one track, “Stormy Weather”, recorded by the same quartet, plus two tracks recorded by a larger group featuring piano and additional horns. [source]

Charles Mingus – Bass
Eric Dolphy – Alto sax
Ted Curson – Trumpet
Dannie Richmond – Drums




Charles Mingus – Original Faubus Fables (1960)

Original Faubus Fables is the second track on Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Candid in 1960.

“Fables of Faubus” is a song composed by jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus. One of Mingus’ most explicitly political works,the song was written as a direct protest against Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus, who in 1957 sent out the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School by nine African American teenagers. The song was first recorded for Mingus’ 1959 album, Mingus Ah Um. Columbia refused to allow the lyrics to the song to be included, and so the song was recorded as an instrumental on the album. It was not until October 20, 1960 that the song was recorded with lyrics, for the album Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus, which was released on the more independent Candid label. Due to contractual issues with Columbia, the song could not be released as “Fables of Faubus”, and so the Candid version was titled “Original Faubus Fables”.[source]

Eric Dolphy – Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Charles Mingus – Bass
Dannie Richmond – Drums
Ted Curson – Trumpet


Eric Dolphy – Reincarnation of a Lovebird, Take 1 (1960)

Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York, between October 20, 1960 and April 4, 1961. Released in 1961.

The great Eric Dolphy recorded several albums for the Candid label as a sideman including dates with bassist Charles Mingus, trumpeter Booker Little, singer Abbey Lincoln and the Newport Rebels. This CD features eight alternate takes from these sessions, six of which were previously unissued. “Reincarnation of a Love Bird” and “Stormy Weather” are with Mingus in a group also featuring trumpeter Ted Curson, two numbers have vocals by Abbey Lincoln (Coleman Hawkins is heard from on “African Lady”), Dolphy is matched wtih trombonist Jimmy Knepper and the veteran trumpeter Roy Eldridge on “Body and Soul,” and he proves to be a perfect partner of Booker Little in a sextet. Even the “complete” box sets that have been issued of these sessions do not include all of this music, which in general is up to the level of the originally-issued versions. [source]

Charles MacPherson – Alto Saxophone

Eric Dolphy – Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute

Dannie Richmond – Drums

Nico Bunick – Piano

Lonnie Hillyer – Trumpet

Ted Curson – Trumpet

Charles Mingus – Bas

Charles Mingus – All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother (1960)

This fresh and determined “All The Things You Could Be By Now if Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother” is from the album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, recorded and released in 1960.

“All The Things You Could Be By Now if Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother” is loosely based on “All The Things You Are”, but according to Hentoff, “the musicians keep the original structure… but do not even play the tune’s chord structure. The piece in general is based on A flat. Again, the rhythms change. There is no set beat, and yet there’s an implicit rhythmic flow, up and down, throughout the work”. Explains Dannie Richmond, “Mingus and I feel each other out as we go; but always, when the time comes back into the original beat, we’re both always there. The best way I can explain is that we find a beat that’s in the air, and just take it out of the air when we want it”.

Hentoff concludes, “For once, in these sessions, everyone in a Mingus unit reached – and maintained – that level of daring and that power to make their instruments become extensions of themselves“. [source]

Eric Dolphy (Alto Saxophone)
Charles Mingus (Bass)
Dannie Richmond (Drums)
Ted Curson (Trumpet)