As luck and good judgement would have it, 1960 was the year that Mingus had one of his most extraordinary and innovative groups. It was also the only that for Mingus' band-leading existence that he was able to spend nearly ten months in residence at a single club, and it's easy to imagine what this did for the unity and adventurousness of the group. it even proved to be a benefit that two sessions for Candid were scheduled just at the point where the Showplace nightclub residency had come to an abrupt end.
They were certainly long and relaxed sessions, held in an informal atmosphere. Artists on the disc include Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), Roy Eldridge (trumpet) Charles MacPherson (alto sax) Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Booker Ervin (tenor sax), Jimmy Kepper (trombone) Paul Bley (piano), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums) and Jo Jones (drums).
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