"One of the most important figures in American jazz, Charles Mingus spent most of his career at the forefront of the avant-garde. This album, recorded in 1972 in Berlin with a superlative Cat Anderson on trumpet during a period of extensive touring, was made during a very productive time in Mingus' life. He had spent the previous year teaching music and his autobiography Beneath The Underdog had just been published. In 1972, he also re-signed with Columbia Records and his music was now performed frequently by ballet companies, including Alvin Ailey, who choreographed 'The Mingus Dances' during a 1972 collaboration with the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company. Mingus continued playing music and touring until 1977 when he was diagnosed with a rare nerve disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis. He died two years later, in 1979, at the age of 56. Featuring Joseph Gardner (trumpet), Hamiet Bluett (reeds), John Forster (piano), Roy Brooks (drums) and Cat Anderson (trumpet)."
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