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