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Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels

Charles Mingus And The Newport RebelsCandid Records is celebrating their 50th anniversary and offering some new and updated releases as part of the celebration.

One of those albums is Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels, recorded in studio on November 11, 1960.

But the real story is how this recording came to be. From the liner notes:

“The (now) famous Newport Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 1954 as a nonprofit organization by George Wein and Lorraine Lorillard in Newport, Rhode Island. It quickly became a huge success attracting bigger and bigger crowds and with the success came problems and finally in 1960 the bubble burst. In that year, not only were the crowds getting unmanageable but also there had developed a resentment towards the festival by a significant number of (mainly) black musicians who left that the organizers were discriminating against them personally and black jazz-new and old. Max Roach and Charles Mingus, both displaying great fortitude, decided to organize their own ‘Rebel’ Festival adjacent to the Main event. Participating were the new ‘lions’ Ornette Coleman, Mingus, Max and Abbey Lincoln alongside Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Knepper, Roy Eldridge and Jo Jones. Sadly the Rebel Festival went unrecorded but Candid producer Nat Hentoff gathered many of the participants at a Studio in New York on November 11, 1960 and this album is both a tribute to everyone involved and reminder of a most significant happening in American Jazz History.”

Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels Track List:

1. Lock ‘Em Up
2. Re-Incarnation of a Love Bird
3. Bugs
4. Mysterious Blues
5. Body and Soul
6. R and R

Charles Mingus And The Newport Rebels is available from Amazon.

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