Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy Live at Palais des Congrès in Liège

Sonuma Archives 1965

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Charles Mingus — Double bassist

Eric Dolphy — Saxophonist

Clifford Jordan — Tenor/baritone saxophonist

John Arthur Byard — Pianist

Charles Dannie Richmond — Drummer

Serge Leroy — Movie director

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In early 1964 two of the jazz greats, Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy, joined forces on a European tour that represented a shift in the development of African-American music. The bop, swing and New-Orleanean leanings of Mingus were giving way to a freer, more challenging style, and the tonal harmony embedded in Dolphy's compositions had become more abstracted, more angular. This mirrored a widespread rejection of convention amongst jazz musicians determined to stretch their art and reclaim it from the commercialization of the Big Band Era. 

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