Next month will see the release by BBE Records of a four-hour performance by Charles Mingus at the Strata Concert Gallery in Detroit dating back to 1973.
Titled Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden, the release derives from the discovery by DJ Amir Abdullah of 5 two-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks – widow of Detroit drummer Roy Brooks – of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery which took place during Mingus’ week-long residency in February that year.
They were broadcast live by drummer/producer and broadcaster Robert “Bud” Spangler for WDET FM – a public radio station dedicated to jazz – from Kenny and Barbara Cox’s home for Strata Records at 46 Selden.
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
2. The Man Who Never Sleeps
3. Peggy's Blue Skylight
1. Introduction by Bud Spangler / Celia
2. Bud Spangler Interview with Roy Brooks and Commentary
1. C Jam Blues
2. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
3. Dizzy Profile
1. Noddin' Ya Head Blues
2. Celia (Alternate Take)
1. Dizzy Profile (Alternate Take)
2. Strata Gallery Announcement by Bud Spangler / Radio Broadcast WDET FM
This gig came not long after the release of Let My Children Hear Music. With Mingus are Roy Brooks on drums, Joe Gardner trumpet, Don Pullen piano and John Stubblefield on tenor saxophone. (Thanks to the great jazz writer Richard Williams for drawing this to our attention.)