[Cover] Charles Mingus
Mingus Revisited

(P) 1960 PolyGram Records, Inc.
(C) 1965 PolyGram Records, Inc.
EmArcy 826 496-2

Compact Disc

Of all my experiences as a producer, none was more traumatic than the attempt, in 1960, to record an album for Mercury Records with Charles Mingus.

... After two days of crisis during which it seemed the album might never be made, I walked into the studio on the date of the session and could hardly believe my eyes. We had a twenty-two-piece orchestra, with Gunther Schuller conducting! Eric Dolphy, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Knepper, Joe Farrell, Booker Ervin, Yusef Lateef and Paul Bley were among the participants...

Leonard Feather (from Earwitness To An Era, Part Five, chapter Westward)


  1. Take The "A" Train (3:34) (Billy Strayhorn)
    Interpolation: Exactly Like You (Jimmy McHugh)
  2. Prayer For Passive Resistance (3:49)
  3. Eclipse (3:45)
  4. Mingus Fingus No. 2 (3:22)
  5. Weird Nightmare (3:35)
  6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (3:33) (Duke Ellington)
    Interpolation: I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Ellington)
  7. Bemoanable Lady (4:32)
  8. Half-Mast Inhibition (8:12)

    All compositions by Charles Mingus unless otherwise noted



Date and location
Total time
Original issue (year)
Mercury SR-60627 (1961) as "Pre-Bird"
Reissues (year)
Leonard Feather
Liner notes
Leonard Feather

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