RELEASE
1990
LABEL
Columbia
GENRES
Jazz, Post-Bop, Progressive Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz

Album Review

Musicologist/conductor Gunther Schuller discovered and restored this massive, 130-minute work by the late bassist, then presented it in concert in New York in 1989. Scored for 30-piece jazz orchestra, Epitaph is thought by Schuller to have been worked on between 1940 and 1962. Amazingly enough, six of the players specified in the score appear on this recording. Some of the sections are familiar to Charles Mingus fans from small-band recordings, particularly "Better Get It in Your Soul," "Monk, Bunk, & Vice Versa (Osmotin')," and "Peggy's Blue Skylight," and there was an attempt to record this work for United Artists in 1962. Schuller makes a case for this work as a unified, 18-movement work in his extensive notes to this set. There is definite evidence that this is how Mingus himself thought of it as well. There is plenty of great big-band writing here, and some fine soloists, notably Bobby Watson, Randy Brecker, George Adams, and Wynton Marsalis. Schuller says it best in his notes: "This recording, while not the perfect realization of Epitaph -- can that ever be achieved? -- is an enthusiastic, dedicated, loving recreation, which now at last brings Mingus' magnum opus to life." With luck, this release will send people back to his many excellent recordings.
Stuart Kremsky, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Main Score, Part 1http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Percussion Discussionhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpercussion-discussion%252Fid158653013%253Fi%253D158653074%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Main Score, Part 2http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Started Melodyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Better Get It in Your Soulhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbetter-get-it-in-your-soul%252Fid158653013%253Fi%253D158653372%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. The Soulhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-soul%252Fid158653013%253Fi%253D158653379%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Moods in Mambohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmoods-in-mambo%252Fid158653013%253Fi%253D158653381%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Self Portrait/Chill of Deathhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. O.P. (Oscar Pettiford)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Please Don't Come Back from the Moonhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fplease-dont-come-back-from-moon%252Fid158653013%253Fi%253D158653516%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Monk, Bunk & Vice Versa (Osmotin')http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Peggy's Blue Skylighthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Wolverine Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. The Children's Hour of Dreamhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Ballad (In Other Words, I Am There)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Freedomhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Interlude (The Underdog Rising)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Noon Nighthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Main Score Reprisehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fepitaph%252Fid158653013%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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