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The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall (1953) (2012) [24-192]

The record was originally issued in 1953 on Mingus’s label Debut, from a recording made by the Toronto New Jazz Society (Dick Wattam, Alan Scharf, Roger Feather, Boyd Raeburn and Arthur Granatstein). Mingus took the recording to New York where he and Max Roach dubbed in the bass lines, which were under-recorded on most of the tunes, and exchanged Mingus soloing on “All the Things You Are”.

Jazz at Massey Hall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995. It is included in National Public Radio’s “Basic Jazz Library”. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings included the album in its suggested “core collection” of essential recordings. The concert was issued in some territories under the tag “the greatest jazz concert ever”.

“Sonically, the recording has been improved 150%, thereby improving one of the treasures of the American Jazz Canon.”

Track Listing:

  1. Perdido 7:43
  2. Salt Peanuts 7:40
  3. All The Things You Are / 52nd Street Theme 7:51
  4. Wee (AKA Allen’s Alley) 6:42
  5. Hot House 9:11
  6. A Night In Tunisia 7:34

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5 thoughts on “The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall (1953) (2012) [24-192]

  1. miles1960

    some info:

    Parker played a Grafton saxophone on this date; he could not be listed on the original album cover for contractual reasons, so was billed as “Charlie Chan”, an allusion to the fictional detective and to Parker’s wife Chan.

    The original plan was for the Toronto New Jazz Society and the musicians to share the profits from the recording. However, owing to a boxing prize fight between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott taking place simultaneously, the audience was so small that the Society was unable to pay the musicians’ fees. The musicians were all given NSF checks, and only Parker was able to cash his; Gillespie noted that he did not receive his fee “for years and years”

    1. miles1960

      ..surely Dizzy was dragged screaming to play again the “Charlie Chan”…and to boot barely got paid…
      …doubtful he every played agin with him.

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