CHANGES ONE (and its companion disc CHANGES TWO, both recorded in a single session, and therefor grouped into one torrent here) features outstanding performances of Mingus's intense, expressive compositions and is considered, even by the bassist himself, to be among his finest work. This group of intelligent, technically superior musicians, consisting of tenor sax, trumpet, piano and drums, had been playing together for two years at the time of recording and were at the peak of their collaborative powers. The tracks are as diverse as they are engaging-- ranging from the mind-boggling complexity of "Sue's Changes (with shifts of tempo, theme and mood, showered over by Don Pullen's keyboard flurries) to the straightahead rock of "Devil Blues" (with a spirited, shouting blues vocal by saxophonist George Adams).
Emotions run high through the album as well, particularly in the passionate, swelling tenderness of "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," an elegy to one of Mingus's heroes. Supported throughout by the artist's fat, elastic bass tone and the protean, articulate musical personalities of his band, the compositions are textural, challenging and multi-faceted, while still managing to remain accessible.
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, on December 27, 28, & 30, 1974. Originally released on Atlantic (1677).
Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); George Adams (vocals, tenor saxophone); Jack Walrath (trumpet); Don Pullen (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums.
All tracks in 256 Kbps MP3.
Remember Rockefeller At Attica 5:55
Sue's Changes 17:07
Devil Blues 9:27
Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love 12:13
Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A. 6:56
Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue 17:32
Black Bats And Poles 6:24
Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love (For Changes Two) 4:15
For Harry Carney 8:00