Charles Mingus Quintet
Umbria Jazz Festival 1974
Piazza Del Popolo, Todi, Italy
July 28 1974

Charles Mingus: bass;
Don Pullen: piano;
Hamiet Bluiett: baritone sax;
George Adams: tenor sax, vocals;
Dannie Richmond: drums;

01. opening titles
02. italian spoken intro / Take the "A" Train (1st part)
03. Take the "A" Train (2nd part)
04. Flowers For a Lady
05. Devil's Blues
06. Opus 3
07. end titles

Total time: 42.30 min, black and white (quality: B)
(no menu, correct chapter marks)

Video: MPEG-2 Video, 720x576, 25 fps, 4:3, PAL
Audio: Dolby digital, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 256 Kb/s

Lineage: TV > VHS from a trade (at least 2nd gen) > LG dvd recorder > dvd-rw > my hard disk > TMPGenc DVD Author 1.6 > Video_ts > you

This is dedicated to all the Mingus fans. It's a little bit longer version than the popular video I have seen circulating on the web. Brief comments between the tunes are in italian. I think you can hear Mingus playing "sophisticated lady" riff on bass during the opening titles (if I'm not wrong).

The Umbria Jazz 1974 festival was very well documented by Pino Adriano who is responsible for the famous "Jazz in Piazza" (aired on february 27 1975 for the first time): an 80 minutes documentary on that festival edition (which I have but only 62 minutes long: looking for the full version, please help!).

More clips featuring different shows from the same year UJ festival are available: Sonny Stitt, Gil Evans (feat. Stitt), Keith Jarrett, Horace Silver. Not complete shows obviously but small excerpts (from 15 to 20 minutes long) most of which broadcasted by "Schegge" on Rai Tre. This means for example that the Mingus performance shown in "Jazz in Piazza" ("flowers for a lady") is taken from the July 30 1974 concert in Gubbio and not the one I'm sharing now.

This longer version of the Todi show is taken from Rai tv program "Jazz Concerto" aired for the first time during 1975.

I'd like to share more than this video but videos are big and I cannot usually keep my pc turned on all day long. That's why for the second time I'm able to (first one I shared an Ennio Morricone dvd) I wanted to upload this beautiful Mingus show, one of my favorites jazz videos.


Images for all shows as well as full size images for this show.

Images for this show:

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