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New Mingus DVD

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Monte, Dec 2, 2004.


  1. Monte

    Monte

    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    Wow!! Any Mingus fans need the recently released Live at Montreux 1975. The line up from his Changes One and Two recordings. Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor), Jack Walrath (trumpet), Danny Richmond (drums), and on the last two tracks Gerry Mulligan on Bari and Benny Bailey on trumpet.

    The sound is great, the playing is superb, and good camera work. It is only about $14, and it was worth it just to watch Mulligan and Mingus trading 4's on Take the A Train.

    Monte
     
  2. What a coincidence! - I ordered mine from amazon about four hours ago - I'm looking forward to receiving it!

    - Wil
     
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I bought a copy today - looking forward to watching it over the weekend - for UK people, it was £15.99 at HMV! :)
     
  4. dylanjohnson

    dylanjohnson Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2002
    Morro Bay, CA
    Ordered mine the day it came out from J&R w/ the Miles Electric DVD (great footage of the 60s quintet from Steve Allen show 64) for $10. Sure wish they took the line from Mingus' mic instead of the pickup... ah, the 70s. Look forward to more from the Montreux series. I'm glad Claude Nobs videotaped all those performances. Only in Europe.....
    -Dylan
     
  5. Monte

    Monte

    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    I really disagree with this statement. I would venture to guess that most of the sound on the video is from the mic, and very little from the pickup. It sounds more close mic'd than any 1970's pickup would have provided.

    I think he was playing on a borrowed bass with lower string height than he normally used.

    For 1975, the sound ain't bad, and has a lot of his acoustic sound in it.

    Monte
     
  6. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I can't wait to get this. Check out Walrath's 70s porn-star attire!

    In one photo from 77, he's using what appears to be a Barcus-Berry - the one with the brass that screwed on. His string height (almost typed action!) was lowering due to the ALS creeping up on him (according to accounts, very slight symptoms begun in 1975)
     
  7. mcbosler

    mcbosler

    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    Well, you bastards, my copy's on its way. They also talked me into another at Amazon with their "customer's who chose this also chose blah blah blah..." Another of the Montreux series, it's the Oscar Peterson Trio '77. Figured if Ray Brown's on there my money would be well spent ($10). Anyone seen this one? If not I'll report soon as the package gets here.
     
  8. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    i'm gonna have to order this too, i have some other footage of mingus on my HD so that will hold me over...lol.
    the oslo '64 set is awesome.

    i also got lured in with the other bought this also, but i held off and ordered nothing the other day, i was gonna get jazz casual triple with coltrane basie and gillespie, i'll wait on that.

    so coming soon i will have this mingus dvd and the DLX edition of a love supreme with the extra disc of the only live performance the ALS material, coltrane live at birdland too....... :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:

    thanks for the heads up on this dvd it woulda been a while for me to catch it i'm sure.
    jeff
     
  9. mcbosler

    mcbosler

    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    Wow. I really dug the rendition of A train on the Mingus.

    I also promised a review of the Oscar Peterson Trio - Montreaux '77 DVD. The first three tunes are Oscar playing solo; smokin'. The lineup for the trio: Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), and Niels Pedersen (bass). Before the basses come out, Oscar explains that he's got the two of them to show how different people can influence each other's playing while improvising.

    On each tune they go through the form with one bass and piano, then the bassist takes a solo over the form, then they repeat with the other bassist. The solos on this thing blew me away. I bought this because I'm studying Ray Brown lines with my teacher right now; he definately doesn't disappoint. I hadn't heard of Niels Pedersen though. His three-finger flashy style might be too much for the purists, but I found it rather inspirational.

    Here's the track listing; like I said the first 3 are just Oscar, then the trio plays the rest:

    Falling In Love With Love
    Old Folks
    Indiana
    There Is No Greater Love
    You Look Good To Me
    People
    Reunion Blues
    Teach Me Tonight
    Sweet Georgia Brown

    Running Time: ~75 mins.

    I'd put this one on the "must have" list, and am also going to start a search for more stuff with Niels Pedersen. I like.
     
  10. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Is this the show where one of the basses breaks down, and they both share the same bass at one point? I could swear it was this one - what does the video show?

    On a related note, I have a film of Dexter Gordon with NHOP - when he was playing gut strings! no 3 fingers there; he developed that technique after quite some years it seems
     
  11. Thanks for the heads-up re. the DVD. I recently bought "Music in the Key of Oscar", which is a sort of retrospect of some of the stuff OP has done over the years. If you're looking for NHØP stuff, check out "Chops" (with Joe Pass) and "North Sea Nights" (NHØP & JP) - great sound, fabulous technique!

    - Wil
     
  12. mcbosler

    mcbosler

    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    "Is this the show where one of the basses breaks down, and they both share the same bass at one point? I could swear it was this one - what does the video show?"

    No, they never share a bass. They just take turns and check each other out while they take their turns. There're a couple of tunes where they both play briefly on the last chord of the tune, but that's about it. The solos from all three participants were definitely burning though.

    "If you're looking for NHØP stuff, check out "Chops" (with Joe Pass) and "North Sea Nights" (NHØP & JP) - great sound, fabulous technique!"

    Thanks a lot for the recommendations. I'll be checking those out as soon as possible. It occurs to me that I HAD heard his name before, but didn't recognize it with the middle 2 names cut out. Hadn't ever heard him before though. Quite the treat.
     
  13. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    sorry, mixed up some facts. Yeah, what you described is what I should have remembered. That's the one.
     
  14. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    How is the Mingus DVD? I read a review that said since it was towards the end of his career that the playing wasn't his best. I'm thinking of getting it for a x mass gift.
     
  15. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    i jsut got it the other day but haven't watched it yet, i've seen a video of him from '74 and i think his playing is still real good in this period. maybe just not quite up there with his playing from say '64 or something.
    i'll watch it tonight to see how it is.
    jeff
     
  16. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Thanks Jeff. Would appreciate the review.
     
  17. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    i agree with monte on this one.
    its is definately worth the price.
    get it!!!
    (i'm a man of few words :D )
     
  18. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I picked this up a few weeks ago - it's great to compare two world class bass players with such different sounds and styles. Audio and Video quality is surprisingly good - I thought they did a decent job of the 5.1 surround remastering too.

    Today I found another one in the series - Milt Jackson & Ray Brown. Wow - easily as good as the other, if not better. It also has Monty Alexander on piano too, amongst others. I've only seen a little, as the studio here is down for maintenance, but it looks great - the band is cookin' on the first track at least.

    Can't beat that for $10.
     
  19. dodgy_ian

    dodgy_ian

    Apr 9, 2001
    Newcastle, UK
    just bought the peterson one on the strength of this thread and cos it was cheap (student!!!). looking 4ward to checking out different takes by different bass playas.

    Dodge
     
  20. I Think I'll buy it by the end of the week. Is there any other dvd featuring past performances?