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E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too (aka Hora Decubitus)

New Now Know How & Song with Orange

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Mingus Big Band Live in Tokyo New Year’s Eve 2005

5-minute sampler from New Concert CD: includes Free Cell Block F ‘Tis Nazi USA, Bird Calls, Ecclusiastics, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (not on album)


Mingus Orchestra at Fez, NYC, Fall 2004

Eclipse (2:04) – Freddie Bryant’s guitar takes the ensemble into the introduction, which is followed by a bassoon solo by Michael Rabinowitz.

Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too (2:21) – Alex Sipiagin’s trumpet leads the band into the opening of this rowdy crowd favorite.

Todo Modo (1:08) – The piece draws to a close with a flute cadenza from Craig Handy.

Mingus Big Band performances from around the world – 1995-2002

Love Is A Dangerous Necessity (1:06) – The Mingus Big Band leads off with a selection from their most recent record, Tonight At Noon, at the 2002 Vienne Jazz Festival in France.

Baby Take A Chance With Me (3:40) – Ku-umba Frank Lacy shines with a soulful vocal in this full-length clip from Vienne 2002. Features Mike Sim on baritone sax and Jaleel Shaw on alto.

Invisible Lady (1:17)
– Also from Vienne, trombonist Conrad Herwig is featured in this clip.

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (3:21) – featuring a roaring trombone solo from Ku-umba Frank Lacy, the Mingus Big Band performing at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in December of 2000.

The Mingus Big Band at the 1998 Umbria Jazz Festival: Orvieto, Italy

Boogie Stop Shuffle (1:06)- ending

Diane/Alice’s Wonderland (3:40)
– featuring a piano solo by Kenny Drew Jr.

Moanin’ (2:09) – Ronnie Cuber’s baritone sax leads the Mingus Big Band into the Moanin’ Mambo coda, at the 1997 Free Jazz Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Fables Of Faubus (1:06) – an excerpt from the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, 1995.

Nostalgia In Times Square (:59) – an excerpt from the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain, 1995.

Jump Monk (1:15) – The Mingus Big Band running through the head of Jump Monk at the Vienne Jazz Festival, 1994.

John Stubblefield (:24) – Sax player with the Big Band, John talks briefly here about playing Mingus music.

Pinky (1:11)
– Conductor Gunther Schuller in rehearsal with the Mingus Big Band at Fez, as seen through Sue Mingus’s video camera.

Video clips from EPITAPH

1. Freedom

2. The Soul

3. Wolverine Blues

4. Children’s Hour of Dreams

5. Better Get Hit in Your Soul

Excerts from the 1989 premiere in New York at Lincoln Center, conducted by Gunther Schuller.