Charles Mingus and the Newport Rebels
[CCD 79353]


The famous Newport Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 1954 in Newport, Rhode Island. Nothing like this had been seen before in jazz. It quickly became a huge success attracting bigger and bigger crowds and with the success came problems and finally in 1960, the bubble burst. A resentment was felt towards the Festival by a significant number of jazz musicians, which resulted in the setting up a rival event.

Max Roach and Charles Mingus, both displaying great fortitude, decided to organise their own 'Rebel Festival, adjacent to the main event in the vast Freebody Park, where people could lie and listen to the varied talents of new "lions" Ornette Coleman, Mingus, Max and Abbey Lincoln alongside Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Knepper, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge and Jo Jones.

Sadly the Festival went unrecorded but Candid producer, Nat Hentoff was able to gather many of the participants at a Studio in New York in November 1960 and to some extent, re-create the event.

This 'Vignette' is both a tribute to everyone involved and a reminder of a most significant happening in American Jazz History.

Artists on this disc include Charles Mingus (bass), Ted Curson (trumpet) Eric Dolphy (alto sax and bass clarinet), Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone), Paul Bley (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Tommy Flanagan (piano) among others.

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