AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
ORG Music - ORGM-1077 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered By Bernie Grundman - Limited Edition
Pressed at Pallas - 45RPM - Two Disc
Charles Mingus called this late-period 1972 set “the best album I have ever made.”
Even in the context of the giant's other masterpieces, it's hard to argue with that statement. Let My Children Hear Music is that kind of great.
A large-ensemble effort featuring enterprising arrangements, the record surrounds the bassist/composer with a tremendous orchestra and swirling, glorious structures with volleying horns, elaborate solos, and introspective moodiness. The most valuable buried treasure in Mingus’ distinguished catalog? Hear the songs for yourself, and decide. ORG Music, however, has made it much easier to arrive at an answer.
Why? The sound on this 180g 45RPM 2LP pressing, mastered from the original analog master tapes by Bernie Grundman, practically invites you into the studio.
Given proper room, dimensions, and imaging, the instruments and the music they combine to produce, further exposes Mingus' genius and reminds us all once again why sonic transparency equates to emotional realism and soulful revelation.
Coleman disapproved of giving up his own voice and viewed standards as concessions to popular taste; as the unapologetic title of the album makes clear, he wanted to be taken (or left) on his own terms. And that word 'our' also makes clear just how important the concept of group improvisation was to Coleman's goals. It's all showcased to best effect here on the hard-swinging 'Blues Connotation' and the haunting 'Beauty Is a Rare Thing,' though pretty much every composition has something to recommend it.
The inventor of what has been called “free jazz,” Ornette Coleman belongs to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium. Always putting his remarkable virtuosity at the service of melody and emotion, he has had a powerful impact on how musicians play, improvise, and compose, on how music lovers listen, on the color and sound of music the world over.
This essential edition of Coleman’s fifth album was mastered from original analog tapes at 45RPM by Bernie Grundman, pressed on two 180gram LPs, and is housed in an old school style Stoughton case-wrapped gatefold jacket.
What a record.
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music
Charles Mingus, bass
Lonnie Hillyer, trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Snooky Young, trumpet
Jimmy Knepper, trombone
Julius Watkins, French horn
Charles McPherson, alto saxophone
Jerry Dodgion, reeds
Bobby Jones, tenor
Hal McKusick, reeds
James Moody, reeds
Jaki Byard, piano
John Foster, piano
Roland Hanna, piano
Charles McCracken, cello
Ron Carter, bass
Richard Davis, bass
Milt Hinton, bass
Dannie Richmond, drums
Teo Macero, alto saxophone, conductor
1 Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
2. Adagio ma Non Troppo
3. Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid Too
4. Hobo Ho
5. Chill of Death
6. The I of Hurricane Sue