DEBUT RARITIES VOL. 4 consists of 15 tracks previously released on the Charles Mingus: The Complete Debut Recordings 12 CD boxed set.
Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie Paris, Bob Benton, Honey Gordon, Richard Gordon, George Gordon, George Gordon, Jr (vocals); Paige Brook (alto saxophone, flute); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); George Koutzen, Jackson Wiley (cello); Phyllis Pinkerton, Hank Jones, John Mehegan (piano); Al Levitt, Max Roach (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York on April 12 & September 16, 1952 and April 29, 1953. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1994, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This is part of the Limited Edition Original Jazz Classics Series.
Personnel: George Gordon, Richard Gordon, Honey Gordon, Jackie Paris, Bob Benton (vocals); George Koutzen, Jackson Wiley (cello); Paige Brook (flute, alto saxophone); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Hank Jones , Phyllis Pinkerton, John Mehegan (piano); Al Levitt, Max Roach (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: New York, NY (04/12/1952/09/12/1952).
Unknown Contributor Roles: George Koutzen; Jackson Wiley; Hank Jones ; Phyllis Pinkerton; Paige Brook; Al Levitt; The Gordons ; John Mehegan; Lee Konitz; Max Roach.
This volume of Mingus material brings together three sessions from 1952 and 1953, all of which emphasize vocal material. The first set of arrangements leans towards a cooler side of Mingus, with careful brushwork from Al Levitt, airy alto lines from Lee Konitz, and the inclusion of a cellist. Max Roach handles the drums on the second session. While there is no record of how the musicians felt about working with lyrics like "If you make believe with all the fine chicks/Then you're sure to get some crazy way-out kicks," presumably everyone was more enthused about "Paris in Blue," which features a relaxed and spare Jackie Paris vocal in a more distinctly Mingus-like setting. The third session runs straight down the middle, 1950s-style, neither overly cool nor anywhere near avant. Honey Gordon holds forth in a husky, Sarah Vaughan-influenced alto. She is joined by the rest of her singing family on "You and Me" and "Bebopper," a de rigeur vocal tribute to jazz hipster style.