“We played down to earth and together and I think this music has a tremendous amount of life and emotion”

Charles Mingus – “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” from Tonight at Noon (1964)

Originally recorded at the 1961 Oh Yeah! sessions, “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” features Mingus in a rare appearance on piano. I think it’s one of his best mellow bopish compositions (see also: “Reincarnation of a Lovebird”). Check Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s weird tone throughout: he starts on manzello, a modified straight alto saxophone, and switches to tenor after Mingus’s piano solo. The rest of the lineup:

Booker Ervin: tenor saxophone
Jimmy Knepper: trombone
Doug Watkins: bass
Dannie Richmond: drums

Better Git Hit in Yo Soul

In other news: last night, I heard two CCR albums back to back on the bar jukebox. The blog gods may be cursing me. I like Creedence! I swear I do!

Posted by Glenn

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7 Comments

Filed under 1960s, Instrumental, Jazz

7 responses to ““We played down to earth and together and I think this music has a tremendous amount of life and emotion”

  1. mrbenning

    We all like Creedence in small doses. A solid hour of Creedence, only to be followed up by live Dave Matthews tracks, however, pushes the patience a bit.

  2. glennlester

    Right you are.

  3. Tom Marcello

    I’m glad you like the photo that I took of Charles Mingus above.

    It was taken on the 4th of July, 1976 in NYC.

    Quite a day in NYC!

    Best,

    Tom Marcello

  4. glennlester

    Would prefer that we delete the photo, Tom? It’s a beautiful shot, by the way.

  5. Jordy

    Yeah. Excellent photo. It makes Mingus look like one of the buildings. Was he just playing in the street?

  6. Delete the photo?

    It’s your to enjoy!

    Mingus was playing outside in the Wall Street area during the Bi-Centenial in NYC.

    Thanks for the kind comments.

    Tom Marcello

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