Sun, 27 June 2010
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The fourteen musicians who played that night show that the fifty year plus old Mingus oeuvre is still relevant, if not cutting edge. Well-known tunes such as “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and “Moanin’” have fresh sounding arrangements, with the former including trombonist Ku-Umba Frank Lacy’s vocals on the Joni Mitchell-penned lyrics.
Some of the finest soloists around appear with the Big Band, checking their egos at the door to make outstanding ensemble music. Of course, that doesn't mean that there aren't some shining moments. Veteran trumpeter Randy Brecker has a memorable solo on the rarely performed “New Now Know How”, and Jeff “Tain”