Here are 13 little gems from the treasure trove that is Charles Mingus--The Complete Debut Recordings. Recorded in 1957, a vintage year for the explosively brilliant bassist-composer (1922-79), these relatively short performances of standards and originals (none longer than five and a half minutes) are long on sparkling solos. There is the underrated tenor saxophonist Shafi Hadi (who also contributed the three originals), the ripsaw baritonist Pepper Adams, and, best of all, Clarence Shaw, whose tersely lyrical conception and novel lines marked him as a truly individualistic trumpet voice. The music is first-rate.
with Clarence Shaw, Shafi Hadi, Wade Legge, Henry Grimes, Dannie Richmond