This re-release features 72 minutes of unreleased music. Nearly every track on the two-hour set pushes the 20-minute range, with results more exhilarating than exhausting.
The five compositions and one de facto suite played at the NEC Winds and Winds Ensemble performance spoke with six different voices and carried six different messages.
NEC is closed tonight but much of the repertoire on this program is also scheduled for a concert on March 6.
The best parts of this book of interviews come when Charles Mingus or his collaborators talk about the music.
The new Mingus box set from Mosaic is a treasure trove — jazz lovers should get their hands on one of the 7,500 limited edition copies.